Havlat hit Flyers' Recchi in face with stick

TORONTO -- Ottawa Senators wing Martin Havlat was suspended
two games by the NHL on Friday for hitting Philadelphia wing Mark
Recchi in the face with his stick.

He will miss games against Buffalo on Saturday and Wednesday. He
can return March 5 at Philadelphia.

Havlat drew a two-game suspension earlier this season after
kicking the New York Islanders' Eric Cairns. As a repeat offender,
the latest suspension will cost Havlat $36,585.

Havlat was assessed a five-minute major for attempt to injure
and a game misconduct during the third period of Thursday night's
1-1 tie.

"Someday someone's going to make him eat his lunch," Flyers
coach Ken Hitchcock said after the game in Ottawa. "This is
something in my opinion that the players should take care of."

Recchi agreed with his coach.

"He two-handed me across the face," Recchi said. "He's known
for it. ... It might not come from our team, but he better protect

Havlat was apologetic and said he never meant to hit Recchi in
the face.

"I don't feel good about what I did," he said. "I was getting
frustrated with all the hooking going on before that. I wanted to
hit him, but not in the face. It was a bad decision."