Cowen suspended three games for Jokinen headshot

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Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen has been suspended three games for a high hit on Florida’s Jussi Jokinen, Sens head coach Dave Cameron confirmed.

Here’s the hit in question, which occurred during Ottawa’s 4-1 win on Saturday:

The incident happened early in the second period, with Cowen receiving an interference minor. Jokinen appeared to be shook up initially but didn’t miss any time, finishing the game with 16:21 TOI.

Cowen, 24, did have a history with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety as a repeat offender. Back in December of 2013, he was suspended two games for an illegal check to the heat of Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons:

As a result of today’s suspension, Cowen will miss Ottawa’s next three games: Wednesday in Anaheim, Thursday in Los Angeles and Saturday in San Jose.

Video: Senators’ Cowen to have a hearing for high, late hit on Jokinen

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen is facing supplemental discipline for a late, high hit on Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen in Saturday’s game.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced via Twitter that Cowen will have a hearing with the league on Monday.

The hit occurred early in the second period, as Jokinen had entered Ottawa territory. He passed the puck off and didn’t appear to be expecting contact, when Cowen caught him up high with the hit. Cowen was assessed a minor penalty for interference. Jokinen was hurt on the play but remained in the game.

Video: Panthers lose in Ottawa, fail to move ahead of Bruins in Wild Card race

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There it was, an opportunity for the Florida Panthers to move ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race.

A win would’ve done the job. The Panthers would’ve moved one point ahead of the Bruins, who have lost six in a row and will not have David Krejci in their lineup Sunday against Chicago. Instead, the Panthers lost 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

The Panthers jumped out to the lead in the first period, but surrendered four unanswered goals.

It could’ve been worse for the Panthers. Forward Jussi Jokinen was on the receiving end of a high, late hit from Ottawa blue liner Jared Cowen in the second period. Jokinen remained down on the ice, but did stay in the game.

Cowen was handed a minor penalty for interference. He fought Shawn Thornton two seconds after stepping out of the box.

Goalie Nods: Hammond gets second straight start for Sens

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Hammond looks for a second straight win

Andrew Hammond will make his second career start tonight when the Ottawa Senators play host to the Florida Panthers. Hammond made 42 saves in a win over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday night in his first career start. It was the 27-year-old’s second NHL appearance. He carries a 2.96 G.A.A. and a .916 save percentage into tonight’s action.

Roberto Luongo gets the nod for the Panthers.

Elsewhere…

Ducks at Oilers: John Gibson vs. Ben Scrivens

Hurricanes at Devils: Anton Khudobin vs. Keith Kinkaid

Blue Jackets at Canadiens: Curtis McElhinney vs. Carey Price

Jets at Maple Leafs: Michael Hutchinson vs. Jonathan Bernier

Penguins at Blues: Thomas Greiss vs. Brian Elliott

Red Wings at Stars: Jimmy Howard vs. Kari Lehtonen

Lightning at Coyotes: Ben Bishop vs. Mike Smith

Kings at Sharks: Jonathan Quick vs. Antti Niemi

Lehner, MacArthur both diagnosed with concussions after heavy collision

The Ottawa Senators have confirmed that goalie Robin Lehner and forward Clarke MacArthur both been diagnosed with concussions following a scary incident on Monday against Carolina:

The incident occurred late in the second period of Ottawa’s eventual 6-3 loss. Lehner was able to get up and leave the playing surface under his own power, but MacArthur needed assistance (though was able to leave without having to be stretchered off.)

There does not appear to be any timetable for return for either player. MacArthur and Lehner both missed Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Montreal and will presumably be out for Saturday’s game at home against Florida.

Lehner, who had been starting and was the goalie of record in nine straight games with Craig Anderson out injured, will be replaced by AHL Binghamton call-up Andrew Hammond. And in a move linked to the MacArthur injury, the Sens recalled ’11 first-rounder Matt Puempel from Bingo last night.