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Sens coach calls Westgarth’s hit ‘a disrespectful play’

Paul MacLean

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean talks to reporters during a news conference in Ottawa, Thursday, May 23, 2013. The Senators trail the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the best-of-seven games series in the Eastern Conference semifinals NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)


The NHL will determine if Carolina Hurricanes winger Kevin Westgarth deserves a suspension for his check on Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki, but Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean certainly isn’t happy. The Ottawa Citizen’s Wayne Scanlan passes along his disapproval.

MacLean called the Westgarth hit “a disrespectful play . . Player 8 should feel shame.” Borowiecki has stiff neck.

— Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner) November 25, 2013

(Westgarth wears No. 8. It’s OK if that was confusing ...)

Here’s video of the hit:

Westgarth received a two-minute boarding penalty for that check. Borowiecki was unable to return to the game with a strained neck.

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