Senators' Havlat suspended for two games
The NHL slapped Martin Havlat with a two-game suspension Friday for high-sticking Mark Recchi during Ottawa's game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
Havlat was assessed a five-minute major for attempt to injure and a game misconduct in the third period of the intense contest for smacking Recchi flush in the face with his stick.
As Recchi pursued Havlat inside the Flyers' zone he hooked him with his stick. The hook sent both players into the boards. As the two players untangled, Havlat brought his stick up and slashed at Recchi's head.
After the game, Havlat admitted it was wrong to use his stick against Recchi.
"I don't feel good about what I did," said Havlat, who as a repeat offender forfeits $36,585.36 US of his salary.
"I wanted to hit him, but not in the face. It was a bad decision and we'll see what happens."
Understandably, the Flyers were livid over Havlat's two-hander and even hinted at revenge.
"Someday, someone's going to make him eat his lunch," Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "This is something, in my opinion, that the players should take care of."
"It doesn't surprise me coming from this guy," Recchi said after the game. "He's that type of player. He's done it before."
Earlier this season Havlat was also given a two-game suspension for kicking New York Islander Eric Cairns.
"It might not come from our team. But he better protect himself," said Recchi.
Havlat miss will back-to-back games against the Buffalo Sabres. His first game back will be against the Flyers next Friday in Philadelphia.