Word from the NHL Head Office: Donald Brashear is going to be sitting out the next six games, whether they’re playoff games or regular season.
The punishment is actually for two incidents: Brashear got tagged for a one-game suspension from his pre-game shove on Colton Orr during the warmups, and a whopping five games for his “blind-side hit” on the Rangers’ Blair Betts midway through the first period. The league determined the crushing shoulder hit was delivered late and targeted Betts’ head. Betts left the game with a broken orbital bone and won’t be at Tuesday’s game at the Verizon Center.
The suspension is the latest in a bunch of issues between the two teams during a crazy Quarterfinals series; the most recent shenanigans saw Rangers coach John Tortorella suspended from Game 6 due to an altercation with a fan here in DC. Fortunately, the drama all comes to a head tomorrow night with Game 7; the winner moves on, losers go home.