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Two suspensions in one week for Senators’ Borowiecki

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OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 4: Mark Borowiecki #74 of the Ottawa Senators prepares for a faceoff against the Chicago Blackhawks at Canadian Tire Centre on October 4, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

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Well, at least Mark Borowiecki doesn’t have to worry about just being the guy who interviewed Senators owner Eugene Melnyk in that deeply strange video.

Now the veteran defenseman can also be known for ... something that’s quite a bit worse. Borowiecki has been suspended three games by the NHL, a verdict that came during the same week as his one-game suspension. That’s almost impressive in a bizarro sort of way.

Let’s review Borowiecki’s wacky week:

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Borowiecki delivered this elbow in Boston’s 4-1 win against Ottawa, which netted him a one-game suspension.

Friday, Oct. 26: This was the game he sat out. The Avalanche beat the Senators 6-3 in Matt Duchene’s first game against his old team.

Sunday, Oct. 28: In his first game back from that one-game suspension, Borowiecki was ejected for a hit on Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin.

Monday, Oct. 29: The NHL handed him that three-game suspension today. Here’s the hit and the league explanation:

So, with that, Borowiecki’s next week should be pretty uneventful:

Tue, Oct 30: suspended as Senators visit Coyotes.
Thu, Nov 1: suspended as Senators host Sabres.
Sat, Nov 3: suspended as Senators close out home-and-home by facing Sabres in Buffalo.
Sun, Nov 4: eligible to return against Lightning in Ottawa.

This immediate turnaround after Borowiecki said all the right things about changing the way he’s playing doesn’t speak well to him learning much of a lesson, but perhaps sitting three games will do the trick.

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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.