Monday, April 27, 2009

Brashear Suspended Six Games

The Capitals will be without enforcer Donald Brashear for tomorrow night's Game 7, and also either the first five games of the 2009-2010 season or Washington's second-round series against New Jersey or Pittsburgh, following his actions before and during Game 6 Sunday afternoon.

Brashear was handed the suspension this afternoon by Colin Campbell, who gave him one game for his pre-game contact with Colton Orr at the center stripe during warmups, and then five additional for his hit on Blair Betts during the game. Campbell felt the hit was high and meant to target Betts' head, as the Ranger will miss tomorrow night's game for New York.

"Brashear delivered a shoulder hit to an unsuspecting player. It is also my opinion that the hit was delivered late and targeted the head of his opponent, causing significant injury."

For the Capitals, this likely means captain Chris Clark will return to the lineup tomorrow after an injury, and will play in his first postseason action since the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals with the Flames and his first game since Jan. 27th.

1 comment:

  1. I agree it was cheap hit, but 6 games during playoffs isn't it too many? I think it's also bad reputation of Brashear got involved into consideration. But again, it was poor move by Donald.