The NHL has announced that Washington Capitals enforcer Donald Brashear has been suspended for six games. He will miss game 7 of the series with the New York Rangers Tuesday night.
The suspension was the result of two different incidents that took place during Sunday’s game at Madison Square Garden. Prior to the contest, Brashear intentionally bumped New York’s Colton Orr during warm-ups. That infraction cost him one game. He also delivered a late, blindsided blow to the head of the Rangers’ Blair Betts during the first period of the game. Betts suffered a broken bone in his eye socket and is likely out for the rest of the playoffs. Brashear will miss five games as a result of his attack on Betts.
“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.”
The league has made it a point to cut down on head shots. Brashear has three suspensions since the end of the lockout in 2005 which the league takes into consideration when determining the length of suspensions.
The suspension will be for Washington’s next six games whether they are in this year’s playoffs or at the beginning of the 2009-10 regular season.