Senators' Mark Borowiecki suspended again, this time for Cody Eakin head-shot

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Mark Borowiecki (Getty Images)

In the case of Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki, it’s a case of a lesson NOT learned.

In his first contest back following a one-game suspension for elbowing Boston’s Urho Vaakanainen, Borowiecki drilled Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin Sunday with a head shot and earned another suspension from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday. This time Borowiecki will miss three games for his latest indiscretion.

Borowiecki lasted five shifts worth 3:25 of ice-time before being thrown out of Sunday’s game in Vegas. He received a five minute charging major and game miscounduct for the hit on Eakin at 15:29 of the first period. Borowiecki also was assessed a five-minute fighting major when challenged by Eakin’s teammate Jon Merrill.

“It was a big hit…I don’t think Borowiecki exactly wanted to go over there and hit Cody Eakin in the head…it was definitely the right call, but I don’t think there was any intent to hurt the guy,” said Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant after the game. “Borowiecki is a hard-nosed guy, and the hit caught (Eakin) in the head obviously, but I don’t think there was intent.”

Gallant did not have an update on Eakin’s condition on Sunday. Eakin did not return to the game after the hit.

Just last week, the Department of Player Safety suspended Borowiecki for his unpenalized elbow on Vaakanainen. The 29-year-old veteran has 526 penalty minutes over 278 career NHL games, yet had never been suspended prior to this season.