Ottawa Senators defenceman Jared Cowen has received a two-game NHL ban for an illegal head shot on Buffalo Sabres star Zemgus Girgensons, reports NHL.com.

The 22-year-old Canadian struck Girgensons in the head late in the third period of Ottawa's game at the First Niagara Center on Tuesday, and will now miss Thursday's meeting with Buffalo as well as Saturday's clash against Los Angeles.

Cowen will forfeit $31,794.88 as a result of the suspension, which came despite the fact that no penalty was called on the play at the time. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Girgensons - who later scored the shootout winner for the Sabres - was not injured in the incident, and that played a factor in the punishment decision, made by NHL vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan, as did Cowen's relative lack of a disciplinary history.

Watch footage of Cowen's check to the head of Zemgus Girgensons in the video above, and have your say if you think it's a fair punishment in the comment box at the bottom of the article!

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