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Brashear: 'I'm Just Disappointed'

My colleague Mike Wise got Donald Brashear on the phone moments ago, and during the course of their conversation asked the Caps enforcer about the six-game suspension he received from the NHL today.

Here's what Brashear had to say: "I'm just disappointed in the decision. I thought it was just a little too much. I agree with the decision with the warmup incident. But I was very disappointed in the games they gave me for the hit. There's not much I can do. But anybody who knows hockey knows that was a great hit."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 27, 2009; 7:12 PM ET
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First! five games too many

Posted by: BondraMan | April 27, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

that was a great hit? did he see the replay? i'm as big a caps fan as anyone but if a guy on another team hit one of our guys that way... we'd be calling for his head.

i had to read the last line:
"anybody who knows hockey knows that was a great hit" a few times to make sure i read it right.

love ya brash... but that was not a great hit.

Posted by: jason595 | April 27, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

still looked like a shoulder to me a little. his elbow came up in the end, but i think the shoulder made contact. it was late though.

Posted by: BondraMan | April 27, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

gotta love the Donald; that's OK, Brash, we have a lot more than 6 games left to play so we'll see you soon

Posted by: CPortisRun | April 27, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the Caps will win tomorrow, without Brash. I think their chances are pretty good, given that the NY Rangers seem to be hell bent on self-destructing. And we probably won't need an enforcer type as much against Carolina. (Okay, we'll need that type more against Pitt.)

Okay, Caps, we need a good effort tomorrow and let's give Varlamov a great birthday present, even if one day late. I move we give Varlamov a playoff series victory for his birthday. (Oh, did he get a shaving cream pie in his face for his birthday at today's practice as seems to be the custom?)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 27, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed in the league as well. This series has become a joke and this just adds to it.

Posted by: sitruc | April 27, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Brash deserved some suspension. We should all remember McSorley's headshot on Brash years ago that resulted in litigation and fallout that lasted for months. The league must protect players from headshots. It's just good business. Imagine a league without Kariya, J. Carter, Phaneuf, Ovechkin, etc. Doesn't matter who it is.

I only wish the league would get wise about Avery. He is a disgrace to the game and should be suspended before he really hurts someone and enrolled in anger management classes. His anger stems from his confusion about his own sexuality...which unfortunately there is no "cure" for.

Posted by: dkw9s | April 27, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

How was it not a great hit? It was all shoulder. And though it MAY have been a little late, you can't assume the play is over just because you got rid of the puck.

Anyone who plays hockey knows this. You can't watch your passes, and you have to have your head "on a swivel" at all times.

This suspension is bunk.

Posted by: notfadeaway | April 27, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

brash thinks it is a great hit when you attack an opponent's head. Shows his perespective doesnt it....was mcsorley hitting him in the head a great hit too?? get rid of this neanderthal once and forall.... .what a retard

Posted by: wendel2 | April 27, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I think 2 games would really be fair. Its in the rules that pregame confrontations earn you a suspension, so be it. but 5 games for that hit? it was late, and he shouldve gotten an interference call, and ok, i can understand bettman trying to make a point by sitting him an extra game. but FIVE for that hit. just wow.

Posted by: BondraMan | April 27, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

yeah, watch out for Avery, the guy suspended for a stupid comment. But we love you Donald, even though you can't play hockey and the only reason you were in the lineup was to engage Orr before the game and take someone out during it.

Brashear is a repeat offender and a joke of a hockey player. Avery is an idiot, and should have been suspended one game for the hit on Jurcina. But Brashear is still a thug who doesn't belong in the Nhl.

Posted by: RangerFan1 | April 27, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

wendel2: if you like ovechkin surviving a game, you keep the "neanderthals" in it. having enforcers is a part of hockey, and it may not be the prettiest part of the game, but hockey code keeps players from taking liberties with their more-skilled opponents.

Posted by: BondraMan | April 27, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

fadeaway a hit to the head is legal?

Posted by: wendel2 | April 27, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

It was a great hit and anybody that 'knows' hockey knows that. Anyone that is for getting rid of the violence and fighting in hockey is gonna say otherwise. Was it a little late, yeah probably, was it a deliberate to the head with an elbow hit, not at all. Did he skates leave the ground nope. Was Bettes head down and was he not paying attention to what was going on around him totally. I get the one game for the pregame, but I don't get the five for this hit. Something smells and I think it's blowing down from MSG...

Posted by: ags38 | April 27, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

if ov had been hit like that this blog would be getting guns and a rope for the execution

Posted by: wendel2 | April 27, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

McSorley's hit was in a completely different category--- a hit from behind on the head with the stick? Please.

The hit itself here wasn't that bad-- it was how long after the guy dumped the puck that made it cheap. Would it have been a suspension if he hit him just after he shot the puck in? The NHL's statement seems to imply so, but I can't believe it would have been...

Posted by: kingbonehead | April 27, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Given what Avery did and tried to do many of the Caps, the Brash suspension was very unfair. 1-2 games, tops, but 6 is simply outrageous. Yet more evidence that the idiots in Toronto are, well, idiots.

The really bad news is that we will get Nyls in return. Great. We lost two games with him, and won 3 with Brash. Fortunately, one bad player will not kill the series for the Caps, but it would sure be nice to have Chris Clark back.

Posted by: bucknelldad | April 27, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

did the hockey code protect the ranger who got his face broken? what did he do to get mugged? a fight is enforceing elbows to the head is goonery

Posted by: wendel2 | April 27, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

To CapsFan75:

We won't play Carolina no matter what happens in the next round. The NHL re-seeds. If we win, and Carolina beats NJ, we play Pitt. If NJ wins, we play them.

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 27, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

As I said in the last thread I think the hit was late and high. But I also understand why it happened.

Maybe I am too old school about this sort of thing but when a team spends most of a series going over your high skill players you have to react. The sticks to throats, slashes, close lining and punches cannot go unpunished. The league decided to ignore it, the Caps could not.

I feel bad Betts was injured, seems like a nice guy. He should be pissed at Orr, Avery and Dubi for their play that led to this reaction from the Caps. If the NHL would have taken action after this nonsense early in the series this hit would not have happened.

Posted by: overhead | April 27, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I remember Ovechkin warning Malkin about continuing to skate with his head down...

It wasn't about hitting his head, that was not on purpose. A purposeful head shot is when you target the head and follow through on delivering only to the head, changing your height to get it, reaching to get it, etc. You cant reach with your shoulder. Go ahead, try. He lead with his shoulder and thats what impacted. Again, the hit would never have happened if Betts hadnt had his head down in fing neutral zone. No one was suspending Steven's when he leveled Kariya with a clean shoulder. Kariya was unsuspecting as well, right? He was vulnerable right? no suspension. RJ Umberger got leveled by Campbell, (ahem, who's kid?). Some might say, 'oh that wasn't bind side' but again thats a load of crap. Those hits, those LEGAL hits, occurred because the skater had his head down in the neutral zone, just like Betts. I've seen a lot worse than that in the Calgary/Chicago series (someone else mentioned that too) as far as malicious intent to injure penalties. How many elbows to the jaw have we seen in the first round series' already? To say that Brashear's hit was egregious but none of the others have been (besides Carcillo, which was way worse because he was trying to remove dude's head from his body) is flat out wrong.

All season long we've seen loads of unpunished head shots. Now Campbell wants to step up and do something. Why? Well, here's a factor for you: NBC game. Prime Time. Along with NY's incessant whining, Tortarellas raving lunacy, Avery's head shots in FOUR CONTINUOUS GAMES this series has turned into a circus and Campbell has put on the ringmasters hat.

Sorry, Brash. I think it was a good hit. A tad late, but no worse than anything else I've seen the rags do. Head down. Good hit.

Posted by: oo7 | April 27, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

If a player had done this or done that...blah blah blah.

I didn't like Brashear's hit at all. Legal or not, it meant little and caused way too much heartache. That's one on the Caps. The Rangers has been over the line all series - it the way they are. This is hockey and is rough, tough, dirty, filthy, and a lot of the time, over the line. This justification for either side that team A or team B is dirty and all the other junk is pointless.

Let's play game 7 tomorrow, the Caps win, and we move on.

I'm so tired of the "Jimmy jumped of the cliff so I did the same thing" debate.

Posted by: saintex | April 27, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't think he was intentionally meaning to hit his head, it was definitely just the shoulder too, but given that it WAS late and the injury sustained he had to be suspended. I don't know if 6 games was too high or not. My only problem with all of it is the lack of them looking more at Dubie's hit on Green (and regardless about what was wrong with Brash's hit, the only good thing about it was it was anything but "blind side") or the Orr on Semin incident from Game 5 when it was 4-0.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 27, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

the fact that he felt it was a clean hit makes the 5 games he got for the hit ok with me now. People need to get off the whole shoulder or elbow thing. It was a shot to the head after the puck was clearly gone. These hits need to be out of hockey. If there is something to complain about here, it is getting the NHL to punish all hits to the head... not letting some go and some not.

Posted by: UMWHockey | April 27, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't a "little" late. It was a late hit on a defenseless player. That, along with the pregame shenanigans, were worth of a suspension.

Six games? No way. Three max.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 27, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the suspension is that there is no clear line for what is mandated here. The NHL has done a terrible job of saying what constitutes a hit worth suspension. They say they don't want hits to the head (which it was), then go all over the place on the punishment. They need to say that direct blows to the head are a minimum of X games, and then ratchet up the punishment based on other factors. Until then it is just Campbell just picking random numbers out of a hat for hits that are on the line. Fix that problem and it will go to fixing the blow to the head issue.

Posted by: SFcapsfan | April 27, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

dave, not to keep beating a dead horse, but a late hit is worth a penalty, a roughing, at most a misconduct. To say he got injured and therefore should receive a larger penalty distorts the issue, on the NHL's side. Is an action wrong because someone got hurt or because someone COULD get hurt? Avery repeatedly high sticking people COULD result in the loss of an eye, right? But he can do it game in and out. Green can get boarded, again vulnerable and for all intents and purposes unsuspecting "blind side", but thats just a 2 pim foul because Green didnt have a bone broken? Semin can get close lined, regardless of the possibility of serious neck injuries, but its ok because he didnt get hurt? And if you are going to suspend him, the reasons Campbell gave for it being 5 games are inconsistent with what they've dished out all year and in the playoffs so far.

Posted by: oo7 | April 27, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, SFcapsfan.

Posted by: oo7 | April 27, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, SFcapsfan.

Posted by: oo7 |

except for calling it "a hit to the head". It hit his head, it wasn't intended to hit it, but thats the part he got.

Posted by: oo7 | April 27, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break. This is the NHL. Pick your head up or get drilled. There is absolutely nothing dirty about Brash's hit other than it was .7945768 seconds too late. I didn't see any referee's make a call. I've watched the replay twenty times and not once was he targeting Bett's head. This is a joke of a suspension and to compare it to McSorley's criminal attack is just plain ridiculous.

Posted by: meagle | April 27, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

All you Cap fans say what You want but Fans across Canada and US are seeing it a little different than your rosie colored glasses. They are not Ranger fans, just objective fans wiyh voices of reason....Its overwhelmingly unanimous,,, BRASHEAR IS A THUG!!!!!!!!!!!!Go to TSN and read the commentarys....99.9% feel the GOON should be removed from the game. He'll be traded next year and will somehow find his way into OVIES Path!

Posted by: azzy60 | April 27, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I cringe whenever someone mentions "next round".

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

so i guess your stance is still that orr and avery are "playing the game hard" and brash was intending to injure. can you honestly say that the icing play with avery and jurcina was playing the game hard by avery. go back and watch the replay - avery attempts to use his forearm, up high, as he can't make a check. as he turns around he brings his right arm (and stick) up high and extends his arm. it is obvious that he can not be sure he will even make contact with jurcina - but the intent is to hit him high (about the head) with either his backhand or the butt of the stick. if you deny this then you are just a bias rags fan. orr actualy grabbed semin as he went across the ice and could have just as easily landed on his head (much like betts) and been hurt. if the league officials can't even give a verbal warning to this type of dangerous play - then you will get your brashes laying out hits like he did. i'm not happy the betts got hurt and not disappointed that brash got a suspension. if your opinion is that brash intended to break his orbital bone - then you should just go back to the rag blogs/posts and keep your infinite hockey knowledge where more sophisticated fans can appreciate it.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 27, 2009 8:14 PM

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 27, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

wendel: yeah, betts got a hard hit, that was admittedly late. its a tough sport. but if you take out all the guys that are there to protect, itll turn out a lot worse safety-wise for everyone. look how quick scrums happen. if theres no brashears on the ice, those scrums turn into cheap shots and fights all day. granted, nobody likes to see someone hurt, but brashears hit was hardly as malicious as the bertucci type hits that warrant these suspensions and more.

Posted by: BondraMan | April 27, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Well after watching the replay 10 times just now and timing it with a stopwatch, I came up with...
.07 5 times
.06 3 times
.08 2 times
This is the time the puck left his stick to when he gets hit.
I even gave the people that think it was late some consideration too...
1 sec flat from the time the puck first touched his stick to the time it left it. And after watching it 10 times, it was all shoulder, his head (or face) never came in contact with anything until it hit the ice. I believe if this hit didn't lead to an injury, we wouldn't even be talking about it.

Posted by: ludeman95 | April 27, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Suspensions are doled out to remind the players of the repercussions of their actions. Shots to the head are shots to the head. Doesn't matter if it's a stick, fist, shoulder, puck, skate or a bobblehead. Comparing it to McSorely is NOT ridiculous. You must treat headshots equally no matter what instrument is used to carry them out.

I love the Caps and like Brash a ton, but I was disappointed in that play. It was egregious and it was targeted at Betts's head. Hockey can be rough and it is definitely violent, but leave the bush league stuff where it belongs. The League ruled fairly.

Posted by: dkw9s | April 27, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

But just to illustrate the typical inconsistancy of the NHL and AHL, three years ago Dean Arsene on the Bears squad took a bad (boarding) hit from one of the WB Penguins and cracked a few ribs and punctured a lung.

No call and no penalty from the league.

Getting back to the whiney Tortorella Tantrum, Kip Brennan was sitting in the penalty box in Manchester (Monarchs) and there was NO security. A drunken fan walked up to the box and reached in, goading Brennan to make contact. Well he did and ripped the precios fan's t-shirt.

Brennan got a 6 game suspension. Torts - 1 AND HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE SETTING THE EXAMPLE?

This on the other hand, while deserved, is the opposite extreme. And then why is the league so lienient with AVERY?

Sending the message? OK we get it. Consistency? Tossed out the window of whimsey.

Posted by: dogdaze | April 27, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

bertuzzi jumped on moore and hit him with his hand then his head was smashed into the ice as everyone dog piled....brash hit him in the head with a hard plastic resin covered pad that you cant dent with a hammer.which weapon is more dangerous
enforcers need to do their jobs with their bare fists not plastic covered weapons

Posted by: wendel2 | April 27, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

and the worst part is the the moron brashear figures it was a great hit...not a hard hit or accidental blow to the head
but a great hit.....dump the goon

Posted by: wendel2 | April 27, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

No matter. Idiot-boy Avery will try something stupid and hand the game to the Caps.


Posted by: FancyDan | April 27, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Wendel you seriously need to watch the replay a few times and tell me where Brashs arm hits his face. I guess I'm missing something.

Posted by: ludeman95 | April 27, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the comments that discuss the league's inconsistency with suspensions. I'm not surprised that Brash got suspended for the Orr incident..but the following 5 games seemed like message sending--which is exactly what the league forbids the players to do! (ironic, no?) but that being said...Maybe the ClarkMaster5000 gets in the game tomorrow!

I understand the leagues is supplementing security at Verizon..only wish they could supplement it at GalleryPlace/Chinatown on the Metro afterwards.....

Posted by: kfoley311 | April 27, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Hockey is a great sport. Knuckle-Draggers like Brashear and Avery will forever keep it in the pro-wrestling section of American Sports. Screw these guys and screw the teams that go along with it.

Posted by: drwillard | April 27, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

donald brashear is what is wrong with hockey
and i for one wish the capitals would waive
him...he has no talent except to least sean avery has talent but he too cost his team at least one game in the series...caps have to support their teammate but most would not play like him..good riddence...

Posted by: wmnatzakanian | April 27, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse


You're way off.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | April 27, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

"donald brashear is what is wrong with hockey
and i for one wish the capitals would waive
him...he has no talent except to least sean avery has talent but he too cost his team at least one game in the series...caps have to support their teammate but most would not play like him..good riddence...

Posted by: wmnatzakanian "

May be NHL is what is wrong with this hockey?

Posted by: Randolph2 | April 27, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse


We'll need you in the conference finals against boston so you can keep lucic in check. Hang in there and keep up the good work! As a hockey fan and Caps fan, I appreciate what you do for us!!!

Posted by: DCSPORTSFANATIC | April 27, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

plain fact, hockey is a rough sport. sometimes you get hit when youre not supposed to be hit. brash's hit was not thrown with any intent to injure or disfigure betts. im sorry if im the minority here, but brash's presence is needed on the caps as long as you like watching ovechkin scream down the ice untouched.

Posted by: BondraMan | April 27, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

plain fact, hockey is a rough sport. sometimes you get hit when youre not supposed to be hit. brash's hit was not thrown with any intent to injure or disfigure betts. im sorry if im the minority here, but brash's presence is needed on the caps as long as you like watching ovechkin scream down the ice untouched.


Right on, bondraman. Some of the goobers on this board need to look at history - the Broad Street Bullies. Without Schultz, do ya really think Bill Barber and Rick Leach would have been protected? Same with Dave Brown protecting Pelle Eklund. The old Caps never had that protection, and with the 'new NHL', neither can the new Caps or the current Flyers, for that matter. Sheesh.

Posted by: wxdancer | April 27, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

First let me say I am neither a Caps fan or a Rangers fan, but I did watch this hit a few times as well as most of the rest of the series and I have to say until he hits the ice it really doesn't look that bad. He hit the guy with his shoulder because he wasn't paying attention. Noone should be surprised by the out cry because it happens by the liberal crowd in every sport whenever anyone gets hit when they aren't looking. Remember the Sapp hit on Favre a few years ago. Again legal and lethal. The Rangers have been playing pretty dirty the whole series and they got what they had coming to them. When you employ players like Avery, Orr, and Dubi and you encourage their "passionate" play, then you get what you deserve. The officials and the league should suspend themselves for making the players take matters into their own hands. That said, the hit was late and again should have drawn a penalty and did not. Again horrible, if not consistant, officiating. The should fight the suspension and he should be able to play until the appeal is heard. The suspension should be 1 game for the pre game stuff. If anything the hit should get another game or two. Brashear is a thug no doubt, with limited skill. Not none, but limited, just like most of the enforcers on the teams. it will be interesting to see who does the fighting Tuesday because you know that will be the strategy of the Rangers as it has been the entire series. They can't win with skill. They win by agitating and badgering the other team into penalties, going 1 for 8 on the power play and superior goal tending. After this suspension I will root for the Capitals.

One other person above said the truth. if the guy didn't get hurt, there would probably be no suspension for the hit that didn't even draw a penalty from the guy standing right beside it. Hockey already sets a stupid precident by making 2 min penalties, 4 minutes if the guy bleeds. if you are comitting a penalty that is likely to cause a cut like high sticking to the face, then it should be an automatic worse penalty or it should never be worse. it is the act, not the result that should draw a penalty oe suspension.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | April 27, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

wxdancer: right on brotha

Posted by: BondraMan | April 27, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

It was a good solid hit delivered to a player skating with his head down. I guess the hit against Mike Green was ok. Typical NHL lets help the Rangers. It was payback for what Sean Avery was getting away with. Tororella knew it was coming and anybody who knows hockey and has been following the series knew something along these lines was going to happen. Had Avery been disciplined for the incident away from the play, intentionally punch Varlamov in the face not to mention the 2 dangerous plays with his stick, this may have never happened.

Posted by: ergoroc | April 27, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Considering the way the entire rangers team headhunted ovechkin at the end of game 6, dubinsky tried to injure green and orr tried to injure semin i am worried about the safety of our players without brash out there. as long as there is headhunting of the skilled players then players like brash are needed.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | April 27, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

There is no comparison between swinging your stick and hitting a guy in the head (a la McSorely), and delivering an open ice shoulder check. It wasn't from behind, you could argue that it was a step late but if Blair Betts pops back up it isn't even a story.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | April 27, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

"Great hit?" I thought so at first, but watching it again, I downgraded it to questionable.

All you wankers comparing this to the McSorley hit need to get real or stop pretending to be hockey fans. One was a violent club to the head (deserving of the assault charges), the other was a questionable slightly late hit. Get your balls out of your purses, this is hockey. Are we going to declare no hits at all next? Flag-hockey? Two-hand touch? Fraking crybabies.

Posted by: evenadog | April 28, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe how many people are piling on the enforcers. What the hell is wrong with you milquetoast whiners? It's HOCKEY for f-ck's sake.

Posted by: evenadog | April 28, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Do you think Ovie, Crosby, Ignila etc would have gotten 5 games for that hit? Nope.

Posted by: rockbroker | April 28, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Do you think Ovie, Crosby, Ignila etc would have gotten 5 games for that hit? Nope.

Posted by: rockbroker
Ovie may have, but not the Golden Boy Cindy "My p*ssy hurts" Crosby, and probably not Iginla (who is a decent guy, by all accounts). From McReary to Bettman to Campbell, the NHL has repeatedly treated the Caps unfairly. I don't want special treatment, just impartial refs and CONSISTENT punishment by the league.

Brash deserved a penalty for the late hit, and since they missed out, he deserved a ONE game suspension (in addition to the one game for the Orr stupidity pre-game).

Posted by: evenadog | April 28, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

@wendel2: For someone living in the 21st century, you sure got the mindset of a cro-magnon. There was no malicious intent on Brashear's part in his hit. It's been repeated that Betts was lollygagging on the ice after his lazy puck pass. Keep your head up. Basic hockey-sense, isn't it? If Brashear was intent on breaking Betts' orbital bone, I think it would have been obvious. He didn't even speed up into that hit. It looked like a shoulder shrug more. For you to even look down your nose at Brashear and the role that he was groomed to play on the ice, it's absurd and an embarrassment. He's our Enforcer and with all due respect, if it's the end of an era for Enforcers on hockey teams, so be it. I'm taking my hats off to Brashear for the years he put into the game and doing his job well.

Betts, get well soon, dude.

Capitals, let's settle this once and for all tonight. Keep things in check and just play your game to the best of your abilities. me. I got a friend who I think you might like. He likes the bad boy type. *snicker*

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 28, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I know I'm fantasizing but I would love to see wendel2 make his comments on the ice with Brashear. I'd love to see how much of what wendel2 says come out of his mouth before Brashear...kicks his....I mean, nods his head and agrees to disagree with him.

While we're on the topic of fixing ice hockey, I say we scrap the whole body contact aspect of it and give them ribbons and we can have the teams skating around on the ice with these ribbons flying behind them. The first team that steals all the ribbons off the other team wins. Then, the winning team gathers together and joins hands and spins in beautiful circles. We can easily do away with the pads and the sticks and make room for beautiful frilly frocks. Avery can design these costumes and will find his true calling. I'm surprised the NHL hasn't thought about this idea yet. *rolls eyes*

@wendel2: How's that for a solution to your "no more goons" posting? You're a joke, dude.

Brashear, it was a legit hit from the side. Take pride, at least you weren't Dubinsky claiming that someone bit him. Grow a pair, Dubinsky.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 28, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

If someone hit Oveckin like that how many games to you think he would get?

Brashear is a bum that should be banned from the game. First shift Orr should take your boy Oveckin out of the game.

You Cap fans should be real proud of your team, seven games against a number 7 seed. If the Rangers beat them tonight what will be your excuse?

Posted by: ronkojoe | April 28, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Read the full quote as reported in the NY Times:


He WAS going to injure Betts.

Posted by: spalatni | April 28, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Oops, the quote was:

Brashear said it was a great hit that “takes a guy out of the lineup, forces them to change things around.”

Posted by: spalatni | April 28, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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