The word I’m getting is that Donald Brashear is going to be suspended any minute and that it will be severe.
Ooops … here it is, from NHL.com
Brashear was suspended one game for initiating contact with Rangers forward Colton Orr during the pre-game warm-up. Brashear was suspended for five additional games for a blind-side hit on New York forward Blair Betts at 9:54 of the first period.
“Brashear delivered a shoulder hit to an unsuspecting player,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “It is also my opinion that the hit was delivered late and targeted the head of his opponent, causing significant injury.”
Brashear’s suspension will be served beginning tomorrow night when the Capitals meet the Rangers in Game Seven of the series. The suspension will extend through the Capitals’ next five 2009 playoff games, the 2009-10 regular season, or both, as circumstances warrant.
Also, word is that there may not be enough video evidence to slap a suspension on whichever Capital bit Brandon Dubinsky. Apparently the teeth marks aren’t enough because there are conflicting reports on which Cap did the biting. Jim Schoenfeld and Dubinsky thought it was Shoane Morissonn.
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