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Brashear Reacts to Simon Incident

After Saturday night's game on Long Island, enforcer Donald Brashear made some interesting comments about Chris Simon's two-handed stick attack Ryan Hollweg during Thursday's Islanders-Rangers game.

Simon was suspended Sunday for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs. His ban, however, will last at least 25 games, meaning that if the Islanders play fewer than 10 playoff games, the suspension will spill into next season. (After beating the Capitals 5-2 at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders have only 14 regular season games left.)

Brashear's reaction was sought because he was the victim of one of the most notorious stick swinging incidents in NHL history, when, as member of the Canucks, Marty McSorley of the Bruins whacked him over the head with his stick.

Here's what Brashear had to say:

"It's just sad. Things happen sometimes. I have lots of respect for Chris. He's an honest guy. I saw the hit he took [from Hollweg]. He was probably [angry]. He lost control, probably a little too much."

"That's where it gets dangerous. A guy loses control and you don't know what's going to happen. You try to stay away from that."

"I'm pretty sure right after he did it, he was thinking what the [heck] did I just do? It looked like he meant to do something else. But some guys have to pay the price for others to learn from it. And he's going to be one of them."

Well, Brashear was right. The NHL came down hard on Simon, as it should have.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 11, 2007; 9:57 AM ET
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