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by George Malik on 11/30/13 at 01:55 PM ET
The Ottawa Senators practiced ahead of Sunday's reunion with Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson, and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa reports that Senators defenseman Jared Cowen may have had one more thing going for him in terms of dodging a suspension: remorse:
jared cowen, 6'5", 225 pound defenseman who hit datsyuk last week, said, "i feel bad he got hurt. i didn't want to. it was just... 1/2
2/2 "one of those quick plays where i was just trying to get a bump on him, going back to the net. obviously, it caught him in the chin."
can i say one thing in young cowen's defense? his elbows are a just about everyone else's head.
that said, the red wings must do what they can to protect datsyuk and zetterberg. b. probert: "no one touches stevie."
Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen said he feels bad that his errant elbow injured Pavel Datsyuk and said he hopes the Detroit Red Wings star returns to the action soon.
“I feel bad he got hurt; I didn’t mean to (injure him),’’ Cowen said Saturday, after practice at the Canadian Tire Centre. “It was one of those quick plays where you just want to get a bump on him before you go back to the net. Obviously, caught him on the chin. I didn’t feel like it was that hard, though. I never really hit a guy in the face with an elbow before, so I felt bad. But at the time, I didn’t really mean to hit him in the face.’’
Concussion-like symptoms will keep Datsyuk idled for a fourth consecutive game Sunday, when the Red Wings visit the Senators (5:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). He is listed as day-to-day but has skated only briefly (for 10 minutes on Wednesday) since that game.
Datsyuk was injured with 7:48 remaining in the third period of Ottawa’s 4-2 victory in Detroit on Nov. 23. He played three more shifts but didn’t feel well after the game.
“I think I hit him right in the button … just by chance it got him right in the spot,’’ the 6-foot-5, 228-pound Cowen said. “It’s too bad. I hope he’s back, but at the same time, (it was an) accident.’’
Khan continues, and again, here's the hit:
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