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Brashear Could Face One-Game Suspension

Sources tell Tarik that Caps enforcer Donald Brashear will have a hearing via telephone with league disciplinarian Colin Campbell this afternoon.

It's possible that Brashear will face a one-game suspension for his confrontation with Colton Orr in pregame warmups prior to Game 6 at Madison Square Garden.

Stay tuned for more on this today.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 27, 2009; 10:28 AM ET
 
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Who ever sits behind the Rags bench needs to show up wearing a Rain Coat.

Posted by: NFeKPo | April 27, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Brash should just let it go to voice mail and call him back on Wednesday.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 27, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

WaPo reports Green and Brashear suspended, eh? Let's all pray ESPN never hijacks hockey broadcasts again. They should just stay out of the business. And for the record, they are still saying Brash and Green suspended on the ESPNews crawl.

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 27, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Why would greeny be suspended??

Posted by: wowkanut | April 27, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

On SportsCenter just now, ESPN just officially backed off and said they were wrong about Brash and Green suspended but that they had hearings. They also said no idea what Green has to have a hearing about (that was per LeBrun)

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 27, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH GREEN??? are they joking?

Posted by: mrszilla | April 27, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I thought the NHL wanted to see Caps-Pens. I guess they're gonna bend over backwards to bless us all with a Rangers-Bruins series

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 27, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm not claiming to be a know-it-all, but IMO Brash will probably get a one game suspension. I don't think it will be for the hit on Betts. As someone else said, it will be for his 5 second conversation that ended with a shove with Orr prior to the game. There aren't any officials to police the teams during the warm-up so players are expected to stay away from each other.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

It's not Green and cant be Green...The original stories were Brash and Morrison...they have the hearings...not Green...no way...

Posted by: SA-Town | April 27, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, do you have any idea where ESPN is getting the Mike Green Disciplinary Hearing rumor?

I still have the game on my Tivo and just watched the incident again to confirm that Green did not, in fact, participate in the scrum at all. He was lying on the ice, then skating around trying to "shake out the cobwebs."
Furthermore, there is no video evidence of a bite by Morrisonn unless the NHL has access to footage that was not shown in the broadcast. I watched the live action and all the replays several times in slow motion. The bite may have happened, but none of the replays really showed much of the scrum, and on the live action all you can see is a mass of players, with Morrisonn and Dubinsky in the middle. I can say for sure that there was no biting in the early part of the tussle, the part involving Mo, Dubinsky, and Callahan.

Therefore, I don't see how they can suspend Mo. If Dubinsky has a bite mark, it could have come from anywhere. It could have come from his own teammate, it could have come from punching someone in the mouth. He could have done it himself to try to get the Caps in trouble. Now I don't actually think he did that, I'm just saying that you can't suspend Morrisonn if you have no evidence besides Dubinsky's statement.

Posted by: christiansonm | April 27, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the NHL does not want the Caps to advance because they are desperate to restore Crosby as the face of the league. Having McCreary officiate the last game was an obvious attempt at controlling the outcome. He is the most crooked official in the NHL. We should all be concerned about what the NHL tries next.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 27, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Hearing is at 1 PM. No idea about Green, maybe they mean Mo?

My bet is that the question won't be whether Brash is suspended for Game 7 (he will be), but if he's also suspended for Game 1 of Round 2.

2 infractions, 2 games.

Posted by: sinbin | April 27, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Bristol already screwed the pooch on this once, so they can't be trusted on anything on this story. We'll wait for a reliable source

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 27, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I thought the NHL wanted to see Caps-Pens. I guess they're gonna bend over backwards to bless us all with a Rangers-Bruins series
Posted by: JS26121820 | April 27, 2009 10:40 AM |

Dude - have some faith in our abilities won't you. Starting to sound like a whiney Rags fan.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 27, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

NHL not to discipline the Capitals for for the way they protected the Rangers bench during Game 5.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2009/news?id=4103702

Posted by: MReilly9 | April 27, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

They always interview players from both sides of an incident. They could be interviewing Green for the hit from behind by Dubinski?

Posted by: OldCapsFan | April 27, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

If Green has to be there it might be so the league can ask him how he feels, honestly, because Dubinsky might be facing a suspension too. Although Green finished the game he looked a little confused when he first got up. Or he may be asked, although it won't be under oath, if he saw ShaMo bite him. I'd be leaning more toward something happening to Dubinsky though because it doesn't appear ShaMo is set to walk the plank. All speculation of course.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

What are the 2 infractions? Obviously, his punch before the game on Orr... but what is the other one? Is that different from Avery's punch to Varly and/or Juice? Or the clothesline to Semin by Orr? So again, I only see one infraction.

Posted by: _828 | April 27, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I never said I didn't think we would win game 7; if they actually did suspend Brash and Green we're still the better team. You can't tell me there aren't some shenanigans going on here though, sorry

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 27, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

From previous post,

JS, I like your idea about possible discipline against Dubi for the hit on Green. I thought the same thing.

As mentioned in previous post, I apologize for causing a stir, but maybe ESPN should apologize even more for being idiots.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 27, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"They always interview players from both sides of an incident. They could be interviewing Green for the hit from behind by Dubinski?"

I like that theory -- however, it would be a pretty short interview, wouldn't it?

"Mike, on the tape, it looks like you were playing the puck at your feet, a few feet from the boards, when you got hit from behind into the boards. Is that right?"

"Yes."

"OK, thanks for your time..."

Posted by: christiansonm | April 27, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

828, if Brash is suspended, and I think he will be, it will be for the before game incident.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 27, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

CT, I agree... that is why I am wondering why people are saying he is going to get 2 games suspension for the late hit

Posted by: _828 | April 27, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The moment I start blaming the league/refs for conspiracy, is the moment I start sounding like those Rags fan.

Eeeash...we're a good team damit!

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 27, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

This is why I don't trust anything ESPN says with regards to hockey.

Posted by: apollak8 | April 27, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I just got a text from the Caps saying "52 not suspended". I hadn't read about ESPN's goof yet and was really confused.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 27, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The hit on Betts was dirty, but even without that, there's definitely evidence for a suspension. No matter. Caps can still win without Brash, as long as they don't put Schultz or Nylander in.

Posted by: FancyDan | April 27, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

IF they suspend Brash for the hit, Dubinksy has to be suspended for his hit and the unsportsmanlike that got him the 10 minute misconduct after the hit. If they suspend him for the combination of the hit and pregame scuffle, Dubinksy doesnt get suspended. I don't think the pregrame issue is suspension worthy.

Posted by: ThePat | April 27, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Hope Clark is ready. Brash probably deserves a 1 game suspension but so does Dubinsky. Unless they have physical evidence or video that was from a camera in the boards, its hard to tell what went on in that pile up. ESPN needs to get its facts straight. Idiots wouldn't know hockey if it bit them.

Posted by: psugolf | April 27, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Welcome back Nylander for Game 7! The bigger story for the Caps will be if Morrison or Green got suspended, but I can't imagine that would happen. No idea what Green did, and there isn't any evidence Morrison did anything either.

It's just funny what crybabys the Rangers are. How can a team with Sean Avery ever complain about cheap shots????

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 27, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The Pat, actually it is worthy. The league is very protective of that time because there are no officials on the ice during pre-game.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 27, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

No offense to the mentally challenged...but the NBC broadcasting crew should all be put on the short bus to special broadcasting school. Pierre Mcguire uses up too much precious oxygen that more qualified humans could consume; and Mike "Crapitals" Milbury couldn't make an intelligent comment without his mouth getting in the way.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing it was a crank call to ESPN. I didn't call anyone up there. So I have no idea where the Green suspension rumor came from.

--Tarik

Posted by: el_bashir | April 27, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Green? What can Greenie possible be getting suspended for? Being a victim of boarding?

I tend to think rationally so I try to not buy into any conspiracy theories, but the way the 3rd period was officiated yesterday after we embarrassed the Rangers in the first 2 was very strange and this rumor about Green possibly facing a suspension is shocking to me.

As for Brashear I'll just a share an email I just wrote to my Rangers fan friend:

Also, I wanted to address your "Brashear is an embarrassment to hockey" comment. It's really amazing just how biased you are when it comes to your Rangers. A guy puts a clean hit on one of your players and he's an embarrassment to hockey. The only thing that was wrong with it was that it might have been a bit late even though Betts did have the puck just before he got destroyed by the Brash-train. I watched it a few times. It was a shoulder hit. Boudreau said the same thing.

Anyway, the point is that you didn't have any problem with Dibinsky, Orr and Voros running around trying to injure our skilled players like Semin at the end of game 5. You also didn't have any issues with Dubinsky's boarding of Greenie last night. Neither any issues with Avery punching and highsticking our guys after the whistle. Nice dude, nice.

I love this quote from an article I've read today. "The Rangers have been reduced to a team in complete disarray whining about foul language".

---

Lastly, about Brash. I can see him getting suspended for the pregame shenanigans. It wasn't much at all... a few words and a shove (not a punch by any means), but just because it was during the warmup it warrants a suspension. Pretty silly of Brash knowing how the NHL has been cracking down on what Campbell called "stupid stuff".

In any case, none of this will help the Rangers. I just watched Jim Shoenfield's post game presser and one sentence he said shows exactly what the Rangers problem is.

- We can draw it up on a board anyway we want, but what it comes down to is one on one battles.

That's exactly the problem they have. We simply have much better players. You can WANT to win any one on one battles you want, but if your players are simply not as good and the other team's players are every bit as determined you have no chance.

Having said that it's just 1 game so anything can happen, but I feel very confident. Let's hope the officials don't play for the Rags like they did in the 3rd period of our last game trying to make the score look respectable. That was not a 5-3 games by any stretch of imagination.

Posted by: ranndino | April 27, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the pregrame issue is suspension worthy. ???

That is against the rules - big time... that's clear cut and there is no gray area.

The hit on Betts is no different that some of the other hits the Rags put on the Caps... only Betts went down and did not come back.

Posted by: _828 | April 27, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

@CTCapsPhan

I know they are protective of that time frame but it was a shove and then they both left and went back to warming up. If they had to be pulled apart, suspend him. I think he should definitely get fined for it and could see them suspending him for it. Personally I just don't think its worthy of suspension.

Posted by: ThePat | April 27, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

So, if Brash gets suspended for game 7, do the Rangers put Orr in the lineup to seek retribution?

The news about the league talking to Green has to be a mistake otherwise we would've heard something similar about Morrison and Dubinsky.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | April 27, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

TSN reports that Betts broke his orbital bone on the Brash hit. Done for the playoffs. Ouch!

That will probably seal the suspension.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 27, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

No Nylander if Brash is out. Brash is a RW and so is Clark. Nyles is a center, so who do you sit -- Stecks, Feds, Backis, or Gordo? They have all played very well for the most part. Stecks is one of the five top players for most improved from season to playoffs: Brads, Juice, Kozlov, and Poti rounding out that list. On the least improved list: Flash and Fehr.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 27, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

ThePat, I know what you are saying, but any contact, even a sneeze, is reviewed. Call it the Slap Shot rule.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 27, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I am hoping we see Clark back.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 27, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Orr goaded him into it by straddling the red line. It is such BS that this is even being talked about. Every little incident gets jacked up into a full blown controversy.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

sucks about Betts' orbital bone - i guess that proves Brashear's hit glanced up high even though it didn't look like he got him up high.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Brash should just let it go to voice mail and call him back on Wednesday.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 27, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

HAHA! I like that idea :)

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | April 27, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Green is going to be suspended for not helping Ovi out on the hot stick dance. Grapes has had a change of heart of spoke out about the Canadian... it's on ESPN "The Ocho" right now.

Posted by: _828 | April 27, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Did Clark warmup before yesterday's game? He warmed-up for Game 5 at Verizon on Friday. I think he's probably ready, if needed.

Posted by: saintex | April 27, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

The way I saw the hit on Betts, the damage was done when his face struck the ice, not by Brash's shoulder.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | April 27, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

come on everybody... just because we're Caps fans doesn't mean we have to defend Brash from head hunting.

The NHL front office doesn't base their decisions on what was called on the ice, and they often do base their decisions -- rightly or wrongly -- on outcome. In this case, Betts being injured.

He'll get a game for the pre-game antics. Like someone said -- no gray area. He'll most likely get another for hitting a guy high and injuring him.

Maybe they suspend Dubinsky, too. But I wouldn't count on it. He takes a regualr shift... they're more likely -- again rightly or wrongly -- to penalize a guy who they really don't see as a positive part of the game.

Just speaking the truth here. And I would say the exact same thing if Orr did the pregame stuff, or if he knocked out Flash or someone else. Actually, I'd be more adament they suspend him. But in essence, I'd be saying the same thing.

Posted by: sinbin | April 27, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

sinbin, no doubt if betts doesnt get injured then we arent talking about a suspension for that. however, the hit itself was a clean shoulder check. late? probably. necessary? not at all. this is why the issue of hits to the head is so difficult. for every obvious head hunting hit (hello avery on jurcina) there are grey areas like this one.

suspending brash for game 7 is no big deal to me. he has served is purpose in games 3-5 but went too far in game 6. let him sit and put in clark or even nyls. they need to play smarter.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 27, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"come on everybody... just because we're Caps fans doesn't mean we have to defend Brash from head hunting."

Until Brash head hunts, I will defend him.

Posted by: _828 | April 27, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

There were so many times in this series & in games in general where a guy gets hit after appearing to get rid of the puck for a prolong period of time.

I am not sure what the exact time range of that rule is for hitting a guy without a puck.

So how is this Brash hit different from all the other non-calls of the same ilk?

In this case - Betts got hurt.
If he doesn't there is no up roar.

Consistentcy isn't the NHL's best trait.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 27, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Tarik: Thanks for the rumor update. Of course, nobody on the internet pays any attention to baseless rumors, hearsay, or innuendo...but let us know if you hear anything else!

Posted by: uncatim | April 27, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"to penalize a guy who they really don't see as a positive part of the game." That's what I said about Avery and that never happened.

Posted by: _828 | April 27, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Less than 32 hours till game time..

Posted by: apollak8 | April 27, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the NHL does not want the Caps to advance because they are desperate to restore Crosby as the face of the league. Having McCreary officiate the last game was an obvious attempt at controlling the outcome. He is the most crooked official in the NHL. We should all be concerned about what the NHL tries next.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 27, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Please don't say it a third time. You can't be serious with this...can you? This doesn't even make sense from a marketing stand point. Bettman is having wet dreams thinking about a Pens/Caps match-up next round or in the eastern finals. Everyone wants to see the 3 best hockey players in the world go at it, even the casual fans.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The NHL is embarrassing for allowing Avery free run with all his stupid actions on the ice. All of his runs against the Capitals players amount to more damage than Brashear's hit on Betts. No offense to the guy but the Capitals have taken worse hits than he did. As for the "bite", no offense but did anyone ever consider that he got it from his adult activities the night before? Just wondering. Unless he's got cameras embedded in his eyeballs or on his helmet, I highly doubt the NHL could prove that there was even a bite unless they plan on taking Mo's dental records and compare them to the alleged teeth marks on Dubinsky's arm. Unless of course they didn't think about that and were just going to go by Dubinsky's whining. I mean, his word.

For the NHL to take no action against Avery, they're insulting the Capitals organization and their fans. We're not stupid. We see the haphazard way they enforce their rules. Of course, we handle "adversity" a lot different than the Rangers, don't we? Our men take their lumps, while the Rangers collectively whine and complain in their knitting circle while they find reasons to continue to believe they don't s*ck that much. Way to man up, Rangers. *fake applause*

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 27, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Are there actually legs to this biting story? No actual hockey player would bite someone. I can't belive it. Maybe, and I mean MAYBE, somehow the guys arm got near his mouth and they pushed together, but I can't see ShaMo doing a Mike Tyson. Doesn't make any sense. There doesn't appear to be any video of this supposed incident. Anyone seen any footage?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 27, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I hate conspiracy stuff. If you think about it, and if there were a conspiracy, they'd want AO v. Sidney in any round.

Posted by: saintex | April 27, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

of course, if the guy doesn't get hurt it's not an issue. But he did. And the hit was purposefully a little late and most likely purposefully high. (We're not talking about the Lady Bing winner here... that's we all like Brash, and why he's on the team)

I think he'll get suspended for it.

That's all I'm saying.

I'm not saying that jacka$$ Avery didn't hit Jurcina high or that Dubinsky's hit on Green was clean.

Just that I think Brash will get more than a game suspension. And if you base it on what the NHL usually does (not what we Caps fans think), he'll be deserving of that suspension.

Posted by: sinbin | April 27, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

@Moose 33. Arguably the 4 best. Green is arguably the best defenseman in the league.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 27, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Any chance the whole arena doesnt sit and just goes nuts the whole first 5 minutes of the game tomorrow?

I have some old crochety's near me that would go crazy and try to call security on the whole section for standing...

Posted by: SA-Town | April 27, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

oldtimehockey, Unfortunately, there have been biting incidents in the past. Ruutu on Peters, Darcy on Zajac. The only video up from yesterday on YouTube is the Brash hit on Betts and generic highlights. I couldn't DVR it either to go back and look.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 27, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

According to SportsCenter, it just said that Brash is the ONLY Cap up for suspension. So I assume that means Mo won't have a hearing either.

Posted by: SarahM28 | April 27, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

i wonder how dubinsky tastes

Posted by: apollak8 | April 27, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

point taken, both teams are loaded with talent, it would be agreat match-up for the NHL. Of course there is one little matter to address before we start looking ahead...

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure ESPN has it mixed up. The only ones that could possibly be suspended are Brash and Mo. They're just trying to be the first to break some news and didn't get their facts straight before publishing something. Greener is good and we'll win w/o Brash and Mo will be fine.

No Nylander period!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 27, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The league will be doing us a favor to suspend Brashear. He is horrible. He gives up the puck more than any player I have ever seen.

He isn't even a good enforcer -- he starts fights at wrong times. Really, cheap shotting a smallish Ranger at the beginning of Game 6 after we had them reeling with the loss of their coach and a spanking in Game 5 was not smart. All that could have potentially done was to wake the sleeping dog that is the Rangers (thankfully they continued to self-destruct notwithstanding Brashear's bone-headedness.)

I hope this is Brashear's last go-round with the team. He doesn't do anything with toughness that John Erskine can't do a million times better. And Erskine can actually play hockey.

Posted by: raymitten | April 27, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

From where I sat, Dubinsky was the best Rags player on the ice friday night. I think this distraction is just fine. Nothing's happening to Shaone (at least I hope not -- who goes in for him?).

Posted by: Sonyask | April 27, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The Green rumors were false, no hearing, no suspension. He is playing tomorrow night. Good Job ESPN!

Posted by: eorr | April 27, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

@JMU, I know there have been other biting incidents, but Darcy and Ruutu are both thugs, so I wrote those off.

@SarahM28, This is the ESPN that said Mike Green was getting suspended an hour ago, so don't rely on that.

@SA-Town, SIT DOWN, young whippersnapper.

If there's no video of the Sha Mo thing then I think there's not much the league can do. "He Bit me" "No I didn't". Need more than his say-so to get a suspension. Brash is at least one.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 27, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"oldtimehockey, Unfortunately, there have been biting incidents in the past. Ruutu on Peters, Darcy on Zajac. The only video up from yesterday on YouTube is the Brash hit on Betts and generic highlights. I couldn't DVR it either to go back and look."

And if you recall, the bite on Zajac was neither penalized on the ice nor later by the NHL - they said that there wasn't conclusive evidence, and I think Darcy claimed Zajac put his hand in Darcy's mouth! What a joke!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 27, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

ESPN also said Olaf Kolzig will start in net tomorrow for the Capitals, but that Dale Hunter wont dress because of the hit on Pierre Turgeon.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 27, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Who cares!!! Suspend Brash....you guys make him out to be the next coming of Christ. We have done fine w/o him. He doesn't score goals and he's not on the ice enough to impact an entire game. He is expendable boys and girls. BB knows the type of game it takes to win.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 27, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Deep thought: Where's SC07 today?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 27, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The league will be doing us a favor to suspend Brashear. He is horrible. He gives up the puck more than any player I have ever seen.
Posted by: raymitten | April 27, 2009 11:29 AM |

Wow - the Rags fans were right - there are stupid Caps fan. Go back to remedial hockey watching moron.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 27, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Deep thought: Where's SC07 today?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 27, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

He's in the blog of the teams that lost yesterday of course. Either that or it's nappy time.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse


Who cares!!! Suspend Brash....you guys make him out to be the next coming of Christ. We have done fine w/o him. He doesn't score goals and he's not on the ice enough to impact an entire game. He is expendable boys and girls. BB knows the type of game it takes to win.
Posted by: bhound69 | April 27, 2009 11:34 AM |

& here's another dumb eeyore.

So if BB 'knows' your game, why has BB put Brash in there the last 3 games doggy?

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 27, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey-haha I know. http://blog.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/

Posted by: SarahM28 | April 27, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

It sucks that Betts got hurt. The hit was a tad late and it was with the shoulder, but the real damage was done when he hit the ice. Suspension worthy? It shouldn't be because it is no different than the majority of the Rangers hits. No different other than Betts was injured.

Posted by: _Mark | April 27, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Not to say what Brashear did was right, but how can the league take action on him and not a punk like Sean Avery, who has sucker punched several Caps in this series. He is classified as an "agitator". The NHL has some kind of warped sense of what trangresses sportsmanship when they allow other brutal, thug tactics to go unchecked.

Posted by: collins63 | April 27, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

oldtime, yeah, well. I'm just saying its happened before. I just don't get these guys. I mean, my nephew stopped biting before he was two, and yet grown men can't seem to help themselves?

I'd also like to see where Mo allegedly bit Dubi. I don't remember seeing Dubi lose a glove, so I feel like it would take effort for Mo to get his sleeve up past his glove to sink his teeth into the guy's arm. Maybe Dubi just got frustrated and bit himself.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 27, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Rocco,

4th line??? You make like he's getting 22 mins a night. We wont miss him. Bring on Clark and lets finish this thing.

Posted by: bhound69 | April 27, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@bhound69. Assuming Brash is suspnded, I wonder if Clark is ready. He's got more grit than Nylander, sure, but the guy hasn't played in months, is he going to be ready for game 7 of a playoff series? Even if he gets only 5 minutes (about 2 shifts a period) those are hard minutes in a game like this.

Nylander for all of his issues, is in game shape, clearly.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 27, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I haven't read all the posts on this blog because, well, most of them seem to belong to the same group of teeny boppers. LOL
What a laugh, some of you whine more than a hungry baby before feeding time, and yet, these same people have the gull to call other people whiners.
I am a Caps fan and I have attended as many games as possible and cheered for them since they selected Greg Jolly; but I am in disagreement with most if not all of the posters on this blog on the following:
1) New York is correct in their complaint about the Caps security. Those hooligans using foul language and throwing things at the players do not belong in any arena and should be kicked out immediately.
2)I am with Tortorella smacking the idiot with a water bottle. Idiots like that are cowards who feels safe because of the circumstances. I would have enjoyed it if the whole team had drag him into the ice and pound the living sh!t out of him.

Stop whining and protecting hooligans, lets call for better security at all arenas, maybe families can go and enjoy the game too.


Posted by: hock1 | April 27, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

i wonder how dubinsky tastes

Posted by: apollak8 | April 27, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, we'll have to ask Staal. Oh no, Tortorella is defending his players and throwing a waterbottle at me for that comment.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The NHL is still a joke.

The Rangers goon this series up over the first 5 games and have guys taking runs on the boards with their blades of their skates up and yet the first transgression by the Caps by Brashear (admittedly a cheap shot in my opinion) all of a sudden garners league attention and celebrity.

Where was Colin Campbell during the stretches of play where Sean Avery did nothing but cheap shot players and run the goaltender?

The Rangers are crybabies who woke up in Game 5 and realized they were playing a better team and haven't been able to come to grips with that.

Kudos to Henrik Lundqvist, I would like to have him on my team anyday, but the rest of the Rangers - you can keep them.

Posted by: leopard09 | April 27, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

It's not how many minutes he plays. He brings necessary grit and physicality. He is also an enforcer who is very good at his job.

Posted by: capsfan01 | April 27, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

i wonder how dubinsky tastes

Posted by: apollak8 | April 27, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, we'll have to ask Staal. Oh no, Tortorella is defending his players and throwing a waterbottle at me for that comment.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2009 11:55 AM

hahahahaha very well done

Posted by: apollak8 | April 27, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

The League and the refs let the series get out of hand when they refused to discipline Avery for head hunting and high sticks, which were clearly intentional fouls that were went to injure. Brashear needed to draw the line in the sand. A suspension for a game 7 of a series like this for the bump with Orr is too severe. Give him a regular season day off.

Posted by: ajm402 | April 27, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

1) New York is correct in their complaint about the Caps security. Those hooligans using foul language and throwing things at the players do not belong in any arena and should be kicked out immediately.

Posted by: hock1 | April 27, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Riiiiiight. This is a complaint from a team where "A-hole" (unedited) is a regular chant.

Heckling in various degrees is part of sports. Yes, you should watch your language (you know, for kids), but taunting players of that level is pretty common. Really good players use it to make them play better.

My favorite heckler was that guy in the NBA who sat behind the bench and would just berate players. But I vividly remember a game where he was sitting behind some bench reading a player's book ridiculing other players. The guys on the bench were laughing.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 27, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

It's not how many minutes he plays. He brings necessary grit and physicality. He is also an enforcer who is very good at his job.
Posted by: capsfan01 | April 27, 2009 11:56 AM |

Yep that's what the Brash hating, figure skating crowd (like doggy29) forgets to address.

This is still hockey not pairs figure.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 27, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

When we start talking about the best players in the league, I think it is time to start including Nicky Backstrom. Highly regarded, yes, but still, in my opinion, arguably the most underrated player in the NHL. Has anyone ever watched him backcheck?

Posted by: chevychase10 | April 27, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

@chevychase

I'm right there with you. Just wait and see, he will be the next datsyuk (winning Selke perennially)

Posted by: apollak8 | April 27, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

When we start talking about the best players in the league, I think it is time to start including Nicky Backstrom. Highly regarded, yes, but still, in my opinion, arguably the most underrated player in the NHL. Has anyone ever watched him backcheck?
Posted by: chevychase10 | April 27, 2009 12:04 PM |

Good point YES! The guy skates all 200ft! We have our own Zetterberg now. & he may pass the Big Z next year in terms of being recognized as 1 of the best in the league & best Swede in the NHL.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 27, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

i wonder how dubinsky tastes

Posted by: apollak8 | April 27, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Like chicken maybe?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 27, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

@appollak8

And, if I remember correctly from yesterday, we also seem to agree that the Red Rockers are ugly.

Posted by: chevychase10 | April 27, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

You guys have to be kidding? A bit late? Brashear was put in the game to try and goad Orr into something stupid in pregames.

And I think Avery should have been suspended for his spinning back fist. But at least he made a play on the puck first and actually plays hockey. Brash is a thug and that hit ok Betts was way late, he didn't see it coming, disgusting.

I just don't want him to be suspended, keep him
In the lineup and see him man up and fight Orr. Either way that won't be forgotten by next season.

Posted by: RangerFan1 | April 27, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely love Backstrom. One of my favorite players.

Posted by: sasha_206 | April 27, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town -- Hilarious comment about VM from early on in this post.

Hock1 -- I wish I could tell you everything was said and directed to me during the Feb. 11th Rangers/Caps game I attended at MSG, however, the blog police wouldn't deem it suitable for printing.

RangersFan -- Get on your own blog.

Posted by: Caps16Fan | April 27, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

It's not how many minutes he plays. He brings necessary grit and physicality. He is also an enforcer who is very good at his job.
Posted by: capsfan01 | April 27, 2009 11:56 AM |

Yep that's what the Brash hating, figure skating crowd (like doggy29) forgets to address.

I'll address it. Starting stupid unnecessary fights when the Caps have the mo is not an enforcer who is 'very good at his job'. There are plenty of players on the team bringing 'grit and physicality' (i.e., Ovechkin, Erskine, Laich, Bradley, Steckel, Gordon, et.al.) who actually can play hockey and who understand when and why to engage in the rough stuff. If the Rangers weren't already in free-fall, his idiotic hit in Game 6 could have fired them up and ended the whole series. Brashear is a very un-intelligent enforcer, and lacks the skill set to even take the minimal ice time he gets. I so hope they send him packing this summer.

Posted by: raymitten | April 27, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Nick Backstrom is so good I can't stand it. His takeways are crisper than most players' passes; his passes are laser-guided insults to the laws of probability; and--well, ask Callahan about taking Backstrom off the puck.
I wonder what would happen if he started shooting. Henrik's mask has heard enough of that...

Posted by: redlineblue | April 27, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

If Brashear was a Ranger and cheap-shotted Fleischmann, knocking him out of the playoffs, would your opinion change? Just because the goon wears the colors of the local team, it doesn't make his actions any more palatable. Brashear is a no-talent goon and has a long history as such.

Big deal, he'll get a one game suspension and the Caps can replace him with a cab driver or one of the hot dog vendors.

Posted by: Pensfan66 | April 27, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The biggest difference between the hit on Betts and the hit on Green is, Green is tougher. If Brashear's suspended, it has to be for the pregame idiocy.
I -hate- to see a hockey player wobbling down the tunnel like that. But it's hardly Brashear's job to alert guys who just played the puck that this is a physical game.
In any case, seems to me Green paid the fine for Brashear's hit on Betts and no league action is necessary.

Posted by: redlineblue | April 27, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

'poison' avery = brashear = weakest link

Posted by: a-littlebird-ptolemy | April 27, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It's hockey, not soccer. Hockey players are rough-and tumble dudes and there has always been questionable hits and unsavory actions since the sport began. Also, Caps topped Philly in Game 6 last year and then had to host Game 7 the very next night at Verizon Center. This year at least they get a day off between games, so that could be beneficial.

Posted by: djdavew2002 | April 27, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes stuff just happens in hockey, biting included.

Posted by: ejohnsto | April 27, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

i think it's a crappy attitude to think just because you are fans of a team, that team or its fans should be able to whatever. the fans yelling stuff about people being homosexuals and the hit by brashear (the guy was turned & away from the puck before brash move to hit him) are both cheap shots. brash wasn't finishing a check. he hadn't started to move until after the player had passed the puck. also, i don't want some loud, spitting biggot sitting next to me in a game. neither of those things make hockey more enjoyable for me.

Posted by: am_jim | April 27, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Brashear suspended 6 games for the altercation with Orr and the hit on Betts

Posted by: bird96cit1 | April 27, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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