Ottawa Senators defenceman Jared Cowen has been suspended two games for his high hit on Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons on Tuesday. He was not penalized on the play.

Girgensons was not injured and later scored the shootout winner for the Sabres. That factored in to NHL vice-president of player safety Brendan Shanahan's decision, as did Cowen's lack of a disciplinary history.

Cowen will miss Thursday's game against Buffalo and Saturday's game against Los Angeles.

The Senators defenceman will forfeit $31,794.88 as a result of the suspension.