NEW YORK — The NHL has suspended Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki for three games without pay for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin.

The hit happened early of the first period of the Senators-Golden Knights game Sunday in Las Vegas. Borowiecki was whistled for a major penalty for charging, as well as a game misconduct.

Under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Borowiecki is considered a repeat offender. He will forfeit nearly $44,000 for the three-game suspension.

This is Borowiecki's second suspension in the last week as he was given a one-game suspension on Wednesday for elbowing Boston defenseman Urho Vaakanainen in the head on Oct. 23. Borowiecki sat out of Ottawa's game against the Avalanche on Oct. 26 and Sunday's game against the Golden Knights was his return from suspension. 

Borowiecki is eligible to return in the Senators' game against the Lightning on Nov. 4.  

Sports Illustrated contributed to this post.