“Paging Brendan Shanahan. Brendan Shanahan to the Situation Room.”
This hit, at 7:55 of the first period, by the Carolina Hurricanes’ Kevin Westgarth on Mark Borowiecki of the Ottawa Senators was a rough one. One that will likely earn Westgarth a few games in the pressbox.
For a Princeton grad, this was a stupid play.
Borowiecki appeared to lose his edge heading into the corner. As he got to his feet, the Canes’ winger steamrolled him, crushing his head against the dasher. Westgarth was given a two-minute minor for boarding. Borowiecki did not return.
While the officials – Don Van Massenhoven and Rob Martell – thought the hit deserved just a two-minute minor, many felt it was an obviously dangerous play that deserved much more:
That Westgarth hit on Borowiecki was pathetically illegal. Like, you can't even fathom a player doing that. And he did it.
— Travis Yost (@travisyost) November 25, 2013
Waiting for an update on Borowiecki, but doubt he will be return. He is injured. Team not happy Westgarth only received a minor penalty.
— Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner) November 24, 2013
Scary hit by Westgarth on Borowiecki. He was in a vulnerable spot and hit was on the numbers.
— Shawn McKenzie (@ShawnMcKenzieSN) November 24, 2013
Westgarth left the box and played an additional 8:02 on the night. The Canes went on to cruise to a 4-1 victory.