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Suspensions Announced

Rangers winger Colton Orr received a five game suspension for cross checking Alex ovechkin across the face.

Capitals enforcer Donald Brashear gets one game for punching Aaron Ward.

Nothing, as far as I can tell, for Caps defenseman Shaone Morrisonn. No fine for Coach Hanlon, either.

More in tomorrow's paper.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 31, 2006; 4:43 PM ET
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Atta boy Colin Campbell. I think this is a culmination of all the BS Ovechkin has taken

Posted by: Graham | December 31, 2006 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm more shocked (and happy) that Mo didn't get a suspension.

Posted by: FS | December 31, 2006 4:58 PM | Report abuse

There was precedent for not suspending Mo and fining Hanlon (see Doan/Gretzky from last year). Mo wasn't sent out there to goon it up, so Campbell has the discretion to waive the suspension and fine.

The million dollar question now is "What did Ward say that makes a sucker punch worth only a one game suspension?"

Posted by: J.P. | December 31, 2006 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow! The league actually got it right. Just wondering how the ref's missed it so badly and amazingly how the caps ended up shorthanded.

Posted by: Darryl Hockey | December 31, 2006 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Brashear is a Piece of Garbage that doesn't belong in the league. Marty McSorely should have ended his career when he bashed him the face with his stick a few years back. There's no room in the NHL for a P.O.S. like Brashear with no ability at all.

Posted by: Nik | December 31, 2006 5:22 PM | Report abuse

So let me see if I've got this right. Orr gets suspended five game for cross checking and the ref who was three feet away from the play gives him 2 minutes for cross checking. And the wonder why we complain about the officiating in this league.

Posted by: Rincrt | December 31, 2006 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Brashear is like a pitbull dog, very dangerous and can get out of control easily. He gives a team a false sense of invincibility.

If I'd want a tough guy to protect Ovechkin, I'd rather have Larague, he is more like German Shepherd.

And tough guys won't guarantee you anything anymore. Ovechkin got roughed up more in half of this season than in entire last season.

What's the point?

Posted by: Pete Gower | December 31, 2006 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Nik's a classy guy. Can't you all tell?

Posted by: GoBucks9 | December 31, 2006 6:06 PM | Report abuse

If you cant take this side of the NHL than you should be watching soccer. Old time hockey lives and it has found a home in DC. Brasher is a bad bad man. Thats why I love him.

Posted by: livinit | December 31, 2006 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I love fighting in general. I love UFC. I love hockey fights. But I love it fair. I finally has classified Brash. Yes, he is bad bad guy, he is just too bad for me. I can't stand Domi for that and I can only tolerate Brash from now on because he wears Caps uniform.

Hanlon needs to keep a short leash on Brashear. Just like a Dog Whisperer said, there are no bad dogs, just bad owners. I'd say this saying is pretty close to handling goons that are playing for your team. It'll be a tough thing for Hanlon. Hopefully he'll succeed, but for now he seems like following Brashear, not leading him.

And yeah, I love to watch English Premier soccer league because it is much more physical and violent than MLS.

Posted by: Pete Gower | December 31, 2006 10:58 PM | Report abuse

There is a lot of talk of Brashear 'sucker punching' Ward. I tend to think of a sucker punch as being hit while turned in another direction and having no clue that a blow is coming, or that it might be coming, and thus being taken completely by surprise. Ward skated to Brashear, made a comment (likely of the wise-@ss variety) and then got popped in the mouth. Typically, if you go up to someone and start talking smack, you should expect to be bopped in the kisser.

I think that the suspensions are justifiable. There has been a lot of talk around the media sites about the suspensions being bogus. Ovechkin, they say, got away with the hit on Briere because he's a superstar. Yes it was stupid but it wasn;t a malicious intent to harm. It was certainly not as bad (intention wise) as Briere spearing Ovechkin in the groin. However, Orr went for Ovie's head with a cross-check which is an obvious intent to harm.

So, Brashear popping Ward? One or two games, max. Orr cross-checking ANYONE in the face? 5+. Briere stabbing ANYONE in the sack? At least one or two games. Last time I checked, fighting and hitting were part of the game and racking/cross-checking someone is not.

All the complaints about irregularity and Ovechkin-hating seem to show that some people have far too much free time if they can continously post nonsense on websites.


Posted by: Kerplunk | January 1, 2007 2:25 AM | Report abuse

It does seem as though Mr. Campbell got It right, however after looking at the comments and discussing the events with my wife, a long time Rangers and Caps fan, we feel that Ward must have made a racist comment. It seems as though that Ward is getting a pass. No wonder that Brash doesn't want to comment.

And to Nik, Brashear has proved his value for many years, and not just as an enforcer. His refusal to comment says volumes about his character as does how your comment speaks of your character.

Lets Go Caps and keep sticking up for each other!

Posted by: Peter | January 1, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Brashear's a piece of garbage.The same way Bertuzzi and Mcsoreley are. Ward said something. He didn't drop his gloves. If Brashear would have snuffed him, or shoved him, I would see it as understandable. But to hit some one in the mouth with a closed fist with force like that is unacceptable. You guys can talk about Ovechkin catching a cheap shot all you want. It's wrong, I know, but Jagr catches elbows all the time, and your boy Donald Brashear had thrown one at him that night as well. There have been plenty of enforced that throw clean, legal hits to shake up other teams stars. Brashear isn't one of them. He's a p.o.s. and if he wasn't a Cap, you would be saying the same thing.

Posted by: Nik | January 1, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Comparing Brashear punching Ward in the mouth to what McSorely and Bertuzzi did is laughable. I suspect that Ward knew exactly what was going to happen when he went over to Brashear, and that's why he did it.

I don't know what Brashear has ever done to you Nik (I doubt you've ever met him in real life), but suggesting that McSorely should have actually ended his career by hitting him in the head with a stick is psychopathic.

Posted by: zamboni | January 1, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who has been watching hockey for more than a couple of years will tell you that as far as heavy weight enforcers go Brashear plays it cleaner than most, and controls his temper MUCH better than most.

One point that is being missed in all of this is that this stuff puts Fannies in the seats. I am willing to bet that this Saturday's game vs. Atlanta draws more that the "marquee" match-up of Ovie and Crosby did last month.

I've always loved Brashear, Just as I loved Probert, Domi, Twist, Ray and many others who never wore the flying chicken on their crest. Too bad I cant wear my #32 Sabers jersey to the MCI for a while :)

Posted by: livinit | January 1, 2007 10:51 PM | Report abuse

If Brasher is such a P.O.S. why would he give someone in the top 5 in goals and top 20 in scoring, a chance to get off the hook in the third period of a game that his team was down three nothing and really needed to win.

As was reported by Tarik in this paper Brashear checked with Shanny to make sure he really wanted to go, and gave him a chance to back out.

Fact is by making sure Shanny really wanted to go instead of just jumping at the chance to put one of the rangers leading scorers in the box for 5, Brashear put the Caps interests second and his respect for the "code" and for a NHL vet like Shanny first.

Posted by: livint | January 1, 2007 11:16 PM | Report abuse

This verdict (eye roll) amounts to what we see in football all the time. The everybody is in a pile for a scrum so go throw a flag and announce that they are "off-setting" penalties.

Neither team loses anything as they are both goons for their teams.

Posted by: caphcky | January 2, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Nik is a POS & he should be suspended.
Now that comment is more creditable than what d(n)ik has been spewing.

Posted by: Victor | January 3, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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