Ottawa Senators forward Austin Watson has been suspended two games by the NHL's department of player safety for a hit on Boston's Jack Ahcan.

Watson levelled Ahcan along the end boards midway through the first period of Ottawa's 2-0 loss to Boston on Saturday.

He was handed a two-minute minor penalty for interference.

The league's department of player safety added the two-game ban after reviewing the play and determining the hit was high and late, and that Watson made "significant contact" with Ahcan's head.

Watson, 30, will forfeit US$15,000 in salary, with the money going to the player's emergency assistance fund.

The Senators are set to face the Capitals in Washington on Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 13, 2022.