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Jared Cowen, Richard Panik to have NHL hearings Wednesday

12/11/2013 11:00 EST | Updated 02/10/2014 05:59 EST
In what appears to be a daily occurrence, the National Hockey League will conduct a pair of telephone hearings Wednesday.

Third-year Ottawa Senators defenceman Jared Cowen will have his potential hit to the head against Buffalo centre Zemgus Girgensons on Tuesday night reviewed by league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

Cowen was not penalized at 18:02 of the third period when he skated across the ice to hit Girgensons as the Latvian forward entered the Ottawa zone.

In Washington, Tampa Bay right-winger Richard Panik was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct after he hit Capitals blue-liner Karl Alzner into the boards in the neutral zone at 16:31 of the second period.

Alzner, whose head hit the dasher board, was attempting to chip the puck into the Lightning zone. He left the ice but returned for the third period in a game won 6-5 by Washington in a shootout.

“I’m completely fine,” Alzner told the Washington Post, adding he did not undergo concussion testing protocol. “It was more scary than anything. But I have no … after-effects. My head feels fine. I’m pretty lucky.”

Alzner said he was aware Panik was pursuing him on the play.

“I fumbled the puck, I went to go poke it in and I’m not in the best position,” said Alzner. “You kind of hope the guy lets off a little but it was fast.

“I don’t hold anything against [Panik].”

Last January, Panik was playing in the American Hockey League for the Syracuse Crunch and was suspended three games for a check from behind that left Girgensons concussed.

At the time, Girgensons said Panik hit him directly in the head and face.

On Monday, the NHL suspended Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal five games for kneeing Boston’s Brad Marchand.

The next day, Shanahan handed Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf a two-game ban for his hit from behind against Bruins defenceman Kevan Miller.

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