Senators’ Mark Borowiecki suspended 3 games for hit on Cody Eakin

Mark Borowiecki just returned from a one-game suspension, only to find himself on the receiving end of a five-minute major after hitting Cody Eakin and then dropping the gloves to defend himself.

NEW YORK — Ottawa Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki has been suspended for the second time in less than a week.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Monday night that Borowiecki was handed a three-game suspension without pay for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin.

The incident occurred at 15:24 of the first period in Ottawa’s 4-3 overtime loss against Vegas on Sunday.

Borowiecki was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct.

The 29-year-old is considered a repeat offender and will forfeit US$43,902.45. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Borowiecki was playing in his first game after serving a one-game suspension handed down on Oct. 24 for an elbow on Boston Bruins defenceman Urho Vaakanainen.

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