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NHL notebook: Hurricanes' Kevin Westgarth suspended 2 games

Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth was suspended two games for his hit on Senators defenceman Mark...

Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth was suspended two games for his hit on Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki last Sunday. (Martin Chevalier/QMI Agency/Files)

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Carolina Hurricanes forward Kevin Westgarth received a two-game suspension by the NHL for boarding Ottawa Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki.

The incident occurred during Sunday's game in Raleigh, N.C., at 7:55 of the first period. Westgarth received a two-minute minor penalty for the hit.

Westgarth had a phone hearing Tuesday morning with Brendan Shanahan of the NHL Player Safety Department.

The 'Canes forward will forfeit $7,435.90 under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Borowiecki was helped off the ice after the first-period injury and did not return to the game. He was not seriously injured and is likely to play Wednesday against the Washington Capitals in D.C.

WILD LOSE PARISE

Zach Parise feels he dodged a bullet.

The Minnesota Wild's leading scorer will be out of the lineup for 2-3 weeks after being nailed in the foot by a shot on Monday in St. Louis.

"I think we did dodge a little bit of a bullet with not having it broken or fractured or needing to get a surgery or anything on it," Parise told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "If there's any somewhat good news, that would be it."

Parise, who said he is wearing a walking boot, was hit by an Alex Steen shot during the first period. He took three more shifts in the second frame before calling it a night.

"At some point you just can't do it anymore," Parise said.

Parise has 11 goals and 22 points in 25 games this season.

PENGUINS SUFFERING

The Pittsburgh Penguins are a wounded bunch.

Head coach Dan Bylsma announced late Monday that forward Beau Bennett is out for 8-10 weeks following surgery on his wrist/hand. The 22-year-old was injured last Friday against the New York Islanders and left the game during the third period.

There was more news on the injury front Tuesday, with forward Tanner Glass out 3-4 weeks with a broken hand he suffered Saturday in Montreal against the Canadiens.

In addition, defenceman Paul Martin is out for Wednesday's tilt against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a lower-body injury.

Current players on the injured reserve include winger Chuck Kobasew (lower-body injury), defenceman Rob Scuderi (broken ankle) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot).

Meanwhile, the Pens placed forward Matt D'Agostini on waivers while reassigning forward Brian Gibbons to the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

KLESLA ON WAIVERS

The Phoenix Coyotes are shaking up their back end.

Veteran defenceman Rostislav Klesla was placed on waivers Tuesday, a day after head coach Dave Tippett spoke with GM Don Maloney about trying to change the defensive mix, according to the Arizona Republic.

Klesla, 31, has one goal and three points to go along with 10 penalty minutes in 15 games. He is in the final year of a four-year contract that pays him $2.975 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent next July.

The native of the Czech Republic is a former first-round pick (fourth overall) by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2000.

DIPIETRO TRYOUT OVER

Rick DiPietro's comeback is not going to be with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The goaltender was granted his request to be released from his professional tryout with the Charlotte Checkers, Carolina's AHL affiate.

"He called ('Canes GM) Jim Rutherford (Monday) night and thanked him for the opportunity," head coach Jeff Daniels told the Checkers' website. "He just didn't think it was going to go anywhere."

DiPietro had slim hopes of being called up by the Hurricanes following the recent return of starter Cam Ward from injury and the strong play of backup Justin Peters.

The 32-year-old veteran went 0-4-0 with a 5.18 goals-against average and .846 save percentage since joining the Checkers on Oct. 26.

BRIEFLY: Former NHL player Bob Bourne is joining the class action lawsuit against the league, according to Sports Business Journal ... The Chicago Blackhawks reassigned forward Jeremy Morin to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL ... The Columbus Blue Jackets placed forward Jared Boll on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 22 and added forward Sean Collins on emergency recall from Springfield of the AHL.


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