Repeat offender might face stiff penalty for kicking

Updated: October 16, 2005, 2:34 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Senators wing Martin Havlat is being reviewed by the NHL and might face suspension following a kicking incident Saturday during the Ottawa-Boston game, TSN reported.

Havlat, after being knocked into the back of the net, kicked Boston defenseman Hal Gill during the Senators' 5-1 win over the Bruins.

Havlat was not penalized on the play but the kick was taken under review by the NHL's hockey operations department. No disciplinary hearing has been scheduled yet but one is expected before the Senators play their next home game Friday at Tampa Bay, TSN reported.

Havlat might face a stiff penalty given that he received a two-game suspension from the NHL in January 2004 for kicking then-New York Islanders defenseman Eric Cairns, now with the Florida Panthers.

Chris Neil, Antoine Vermette, Brandon Bochenski, Anton Volchenkov and Bryan Smolinski all scored for the Senators on Saturday, who improved to 5-0-0 this season.

The Bruins, who opened the season with two losses, had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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