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Will Brashear and Morrisonn Face Disciplinary Action?

I'm having some problems getting out of New York following the Caps' 5-3 victory tonight at MSG. Seems ALL the trains out of Penn Station are delayed, so I may have to make alternate plans. As such, I'm going to be brief.

Here's what you need to know:

There was a lot of talk afterward about Donald Brashear and whether he'll face disciplinary action for his high, open-ice hit on Blair Betts in the first period tonight. Rangers fill-in coach Jim Schoenfeld called the hit "pretty vicious" and said he expects the league to review it.

"I didn't see it at the time [but] I saw it on the replay and it was a late hit to the head," Schoenfeld said. "It was pretty vicious. He is a big, strong guy, as you all know, and Betts didn't see him coming. It was a late hit to the head [and] the league will look at it and make their own ruling."

Schoenfeld also said Betts, a penalty killer and fourth-line center, is "hurt significantly."

Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau defended Brash, saying, "When we watched that between periods, to me that was a shoulder. He followed through, but the elbow didn't hit him. It was a good shoulder hit."

Schoenfeld also accused Caps defenseman Shaone Morrisonn of biting Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky on the arm after a skirmish behind the Capitals' goal in the second period. Dubinsky, Schoenfeld said, had to get a tetanus shot.

Morrisonn was coming to defense of Mike Green after Dubinsky had crushed Green from behind when the incident allegedly occurred.

"Dubinsky had to get a tetanus shot because he was bit in the arm in a scrum," Schoenfeld said. "I don't know what affect that will have on him so his status will remain in question."

But that's not all league disciplinarian Colin Campbell will be taking a close look at. Brashear also bumped Rangers' enforcer Colton Orr during warmups. It wasn't much of a bump, but league rules prohibit such contact.

Campbell wouldn't confirm that he's looking at any of those incidents, saying by email the NHL "never comment[s] on Supplemental Discipline unless and until there is a decision to implement."

And, oh yeah: The Caps have battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the first round to force a Game 7 for the second year in a row.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 26, 2009; 9:17 PM ET
 
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I've seen the replay of the Morrisonn incident and it's funny - Dubinsky wasn't punched by Shoane, he was hit by is own guy. I suspect it's a Rangers tet shot.

Posted by: saintex | April 26, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

given that the NHl has turned a blind eye to the Rangers rash of "message sending" late in games, I'll be royally ticked off it Morrison gets suspended. MAYBE they can justify Brash, but the Rags have managed 4, count 'em, FOUR misconducts in this series and not a one of them has resulted in a suspension. Honestly, how is Brashear's hit any different than Orr's deliberate, intentional clotheslining of Semin--which did not result in a suspension?

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Brashear will, yeah. Maybe if it had just been the Betts hit he could have made it. But coupled with the warmup incident he will be bagged for game 7.

Dunno about ShaMo. Sounds a bit fishy, the way they don't mention it until after the game. One would think it would have caused more of a scene had it actually happened.

Posted by: wingmancd | April 26, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see the replay of Mo biting Dubinsky. Can't have a Ruutu on our hands here, that's just not right.

Posted by: snakegriffin | April 26, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

anyone have a replay of the Dubinsky hit on Green and the scuffle afterwards?

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

He bit himself to get a penalty. Get a DNA test.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 26, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The rags are just making excuses for their poor play now. I don't think anything will happen whit the league, its not like Brash has been a deciding factor.

The rags are acting like they're on their rag B!tching so much!

Posted by: Ovechwin | April 26, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

You left off the second part of the Schoenfeld quote...."Have another doughnut, YOU FAT PIG!"

Posted by: NatsMan21 | April 26, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Jarkko Ruutu was suspended two games after he bit the Sabres' Andrew Peters.

I don't get these people! Biting someone is so disgusting! lol! Human beings are not supposed to bite other human beings, For God's sake, we are not animals! Let's act like we are human beings.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

the "YOU FAT PIG!" part it was really made the quote legendary.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

ok, the Hurricanes lame copycat horn is really pissing me off.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't get the value of Brashear and other bullies. Supposedly they intimidate but they also cause costly penalties. Both he and Avery seem to have hurt their teams.

Posted by: caraveli | April 26, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Not a lot of unpadded area on the arm there to be bit on

Posted by: nhcaps | April 26, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

from last thread
Everyone in the section behind the Rangers bench should wear a YELLO fishermans catch rain hat. or one of those light clear plastic $.99 rain jackets

Posted by: billd2 | April 26, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie: Exactly. If Brashear is suspended, then Orr should've been suspended for clotheslining Semin. I know Semin wasn't hurt but it's the same thing, a cheap shot.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

oh, Tarik, btw, good luck with getting home!

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I vote that we settle Game 7 not by actually playing, but by letting GMGM and Schoeny go at it at center ice! :)

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie: Yup, they sooo copied us! They do "honk, honk, honk, let's go canes!" Except theirs sounds gayyyyy.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

repost from last thread

The fact of the matter is that it doesn't matter who we play- we can beat any team in this league. We are GOOD, but we all know its better to be lucky than good, and luck is not something you can predict. So for now, LETS GO CAPS on Tuesday, then we'll take it from there. :D

Posted by: apollak8 | April 26, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about this morrison thing -- where's the tape? Nothin on youtube yet.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

ok, someone of Japer's says that it looks like Dubinsky shoved his arm in Morrison's face, but the camera angles are not good enough to see if Mo actually bit him.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

So if Morrison's out, what's the plan? As far as we know, Schultz has been an injury scratch

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

rachel216, the sad thing is, its a Canes employee with the horn.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 26, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I agree with one part of the Brash issue.. The hit on Betts was vicious but it was also clean. Betts had his head down. Had he been looking he would have seen Brash at least in his peripheral and would have at least braced for the impact. The fact that he was looking down at the ice is what caused this. The thing with Mo biting someone just doesnt fit the bill... unless Dubinsky shoved his arm in Mo's mouth which as funny as it sounds can happen during a scrum. I doubt anything will happen to Mo, Brash on the other hand may at least get a talking to or a game suspension for the Orr incident. Although if the league does that they should also be suspending at least one or two Rags players for their misconducts.

All in all good game by the caps. Lets close this out and move on Tuesday.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | April 26, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Canes score again. this one is going to 7 games, too.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

i will be PISSED if brash gets anything more than avery, which is to say basically nothing. seriously, all of this bs from msg and the rangers, acting like we are the goons of hockey. they need a serious reality check or at least a look in the mirror.

about the biting:
1) nhcaps- youre totally right, that confused me too. like how can he bite his arm and require a shot? dont you have to break skin for that? if so, how did he manage that hard of a bite?

2) i know the truth will probably coe out eventually but how great would it be if we never found out for sure. it could become Morrisonn's own urban legend.


Posted by: mrszilla | April 26, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

*coe=come

Posted by: mrszilla | April 26, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

the bite would have to be with the lower set of teeth too, due to his mouthguard

Posted by: apollak8 | April 26, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl: Really? I didn't know that. Well, then that's not cool at all. It should be a fan, like ours.

CAR/NJ going to game 7. SWEET.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla: I'd be pissed if he got anything. You can't tell me there's nothing different about what Brash did and all that Avery did plus Orr's cheap shot on Semin. If Brash is suspended, then Avery should've been suspended.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Another "Shoane Freaking Morrison" story to tell my niece :) "And then Shoane Freaking Morrison bit that goon! bit him so hard blood was spurting every where, gushing, painting the ice red, red for Caps victory, all because of Shoane Freaking Morrison!"

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

God, what happened to the Devils? They are being outscored and outshot. And it looks like Staal and Whitney are doing most of the damage.

So do we want the Devils or the Canes to win in case we play against them?

Posted by: caraveli | April 26, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

the canes might have had the cheer girls first, but their unis aren't as cool as the red rockers'

Posted by: apollak8 | April 26, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

caraveli, if the Canes win the series, then we play Pitt (assume we win, which we will). If the Devils win, we play the Devils.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Caraveli: I don't care who we play. If we start the series unlike the way we did with this series, and when we play our game, we can beat anyone. As we can see, the Devils and the Canes are evenly matched. I wouldn't mind which one.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

rachel216- exactly!! i saw the replay, i didnt see an elbow or anything. i wouldn't call brash's hit "clean" but i absolutely saw no difference between that and the checks they have laid on our boys. the only difference is that bett's actually really hurt, whereas our guys just got lucky.

devils are now getting the same treatment we gave the rags tonight... interesting series, huh? i'd take the canes but that might just be because i dont feel like having the same conversations about a goalie stealing the game from us...

Posted by: mrszilla | April 26, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Definitely no Pittsburgh, although that is probably what the NHL wants. Ovechkin vs. Sidney, Alex Semin vs. Sidney. That would be interesting. I have a feeling New Jersey goes back to NJ and Marty B has a usual game of his and NJ wins.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie-

good call... guess i shouldn't be wishing for the canes to win then huh? would take the devils over the pens... i think... pitt seems riskier for us but with an even sweeter reward. bet the nhl is drooling at the prospect of a pitt/dc series.

Posted by: mrszilla | April 26, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla: Yes, you hit it right on the nail. Brashear's hit is no different than Avery's elbowing, his high sticking on Pot's face, his punch on Varly, or Orr's cheap shot. Only reason why this is so big is because Betts got hurt. If he did not get hurt, we would not even be talking about this right now.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

folks, lets not start talking about who we want to play in round two. we are still in round 1 and anything can happen, as it did last year. its gonna be a tough game and you know henrik can't lay three eggs in a row.

as for morrison, i heard in the locker room after the game he said dubinsky, "tastes like chicken".


Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 26, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

@apollak8

The Red Rockers are ugly! Every last one of them, which means they serve no purpose

Posted by: chevychase10 | April 26, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla, there's no way for the Capitals to play the Canes in the 2nd round.

and Cam Ward is more than capable of stealing a series.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

It's a bit early to worry about Round 2.

This tetanus shot sounds pretty darned fishy. Without blood, there would be no reason for it (even if there's a reason for it at all -- does Shoane have rusty nails for teeth?) Is there a doctor in the house to explain this?

Particularly in light of the sob-story letter from the Rangers to Bettman after all the Avery crap and Torts meltdown, it just seems like a total pile o crap.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

@chevychase10

I said nothing about how their faces look...

Posted by: apollak8 | April 26, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

sorry, mrszilla, you were posting while I was, ignore my post just above this one.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

rachel216, Yeah, there's a huuuuge guy that stands down past the benches in one of the tunnels with it. I finally picked him out the last time I was down there for a game. Jim Craig was there that game and I had a mild geek out over it and forgot about the horn guy until you mentioned it.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 26, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

generally, you get a tetanus shot if your current shot is older than 5 years. I've never dealt with a human bite myself, but I assume if Dubinsky and Morrison were both up to date on their shots, then one wouldn't be needed.

I dunno, something about this whole thing sounds VERY fishy.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Clean hit - that's why there was no penalty on it, punk should have kept his head up. And the ShaMo bite thing is heresay with no evidence to support it.

Posted by: buzzardbait | April 26, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I call B.S. on the "biting" nonsense. ShaMo isn't Sean Avery. This is made up.

Brash's hit was high and brutal and definitely dirty. And effective.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 26, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

bite? huh?
now it's brashear who's the reckless one? uh, yeah.
ny is losing it.
the series has gotten bizarre.

Posted by: oo7 | April 26, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Whether or not ShaMo actually bit anyone, Schoenfeld was most likely making a funny with the Tetanus shot comment.

Posted by: theGelf | April 26, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The pertinent angle on the Brashear hit is the one that shows Betts passing the puck. Bash was there late, but not as late as many board check finishes are. This one was in open ice and the hit knocked him out. It was high, but no elbow.

If they suspend Brash it will be the interaction with Orr pre-game. Idiotic given the Avery behavior.

I'm betting no Shamo discipline. Still no proof of an infraction.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik just walk outside to 31st street.. you can catch the MVP ('Chinatown') bus for 20 bucks.

The Post will be loving you.

Oneal

Posted by: TheRealOneal | April 26, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Guys, great win for our boys.

WE CAN'T and SHOULDN'T talk about round 2.

Anything can happen in 1 game, 1 hour of hockey, when both team's season are on the line.

The Rags have prooven if they get a lead, they can shut us out. We have to play extreamly smart. I'll be really worried if they get a lead.

You don't have to worry however about the caps playing loosy goosy or how they played in game 1, or bad on the PP. Here some reasons -

- BB switched up the PP unit as most probobly noticed. That really is the most effective way ont he pp, is having 2 d-men at the point, and bombs away with screens.

- Since that one odd man rush against us in game two, where Mike Green got caught, and Kozy didn't reconized and tried to pinch, I haven't seen any major break downs like that, due to us over pinching or jumping our D into the play unessessarily.


I AM CONCERNED about Fedorov. He had another weak game with multiple turn overs in our end, one in which almost cost us a goal, but then Kozy scored on the same shift.

Maybe put Nylander in for Fedorov? Or should we not change a thing right now?

Posted by: floms | April 26, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Shamo = onomnomnom

They are talking about looking to see whether 2 Caps should get suspended, what about the hit on Green, he was just as helpless as Betts. I was surprised that Green was able to get up from that as fast as he did.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | April 26, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

This is the second negative comment about Feds I've heard following this game, but while I think he's had an awful series I thought I saw him step it up quite seriously today. Maybe I was missing some of the action, but I thought he fought hard and won a number of key battles.

Gotta love that checking line, though, huh?

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

leave Feds. He's no worse than Nylander, imo.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday, some were saying with Torts suspension "Game 6 just got harder" (wrong). Today, others are saying straight off the bat that based on the 3rd period goals, the Rangers have "solved" Varlamov. Man, when are you whiners gonna show some confidence in this team? Yeah, being down 3-1 sucked but they have battled back. Game 7 is ours.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | April 26, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

FusilliJerry1, that's because Green is "all sorts of levels of bad@$$ery" as someone put it.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

So if Brash is out, will Clark be ready or do we have to cross our fingers that Nylander doesn't screw us?

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 26, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Nylander's lacking the gritty style we need in Game 7. No need to put him in.

If Brash goes, how bout taking our second emergency call up for Aucoin? He doesn't have another playoff game until 5/2.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

The reason the Rangers gave for Tortellini going crazy in Game 5. Comedy Gold:

"According to Rangers trainer Jim Ramsay, one patron was screaming at the team, in graphic language, about whether defensemen Dan Girardi and Marc Staal have a sexual relationship,"

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

Posted by: McBride33 | April 26, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Poor Tortellini. Musta been brutal

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

What are the rules on emergency call-ups? Does that mean the Caps can only have 2 call-ups while Hershey is still playing?

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 26, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay posted the full letter in the "Rangers Ask NHL To Discipline Caps" posting. If you haven't read the whole thing, please do, its hilarious.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps get 4 emergency call ups

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

if brash gets a suspension, i don't think nylander is a downgrade on the forth line. if he has the puck let him circle for 45 seconds until his shift is up. if brash does have to sit, it should be for the pregame shove w/ orr - not the hit on betts

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 26, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for Aucoin if they have a call-up to use. Smoke 'em while you got 'em, it's game 7!

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 26, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I'd rather see Aucoin. Not that we seem to need it the last couple, but he'd bring a lot of spark.

True, Nylander could do it. Before he started warming the bench I noticed good things were happening when he headed toward goal. He's better on possession than Brash also. Still, he brings no grit.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

yes, the Caps get 4 call ups, but I thought they were of the non-emergency type. Injury call ups don't count against the 4. AFAIK, the Caps have used 1 of their 4. Once (if) the Bears are done--and it looks like they may in for another trip to Calder Cup finals--then the Caps can call up as many guys as they want.

There's also no Salary Cup in the playoffs.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

sorry, salary cap, not cup. my brain is fried.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I defer to you, RedBirdie; I know little about the technicalities. Scuse the reference to "emergency."

Still, bring up Aucoin!

Posted by: Sonyask | April 26, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Sonyask, no worries, I'm constantly getting things mixed up, and rules seem to change from year to year. I may very well be wrong. Maybe I really should have picked up that copy of the "2009 NHL Rule Book" at Borders last night!

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

check out this awesomely bad and awesomely hilarious "Visual Proof That Morrison Bit Dubinsky!"
http://peerlessprognosticator.blogspot.com/2009/04/morrisonn-bites-dubinsky-visual.html

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

caplanta, as for game 6 being harder, the caps did a great job of not sitting back from the get go. A 3-1 score after one period is enough to deflate a team, while a 5-1 score after 2 was enough to seal it ( pretty much). but apparently your silent thoughts carry more weight.

Posted by: oo7 | April 26, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Ha!! Kudos on that one. It fits, he can't even play 3 periods anymore

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 26, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

It was a dirty hit, you know if a ranger did that to a capital, we would all be fuming. He should be suspended. I like big hits, but that was dirty. If it was Avery, I probably would not have minded it.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 26, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

new post.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 26, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

@oo7

You led the chorus for making excuses to lose game 6. You don't have to admit you were wrong, we won - that's all I care about. As for "silent thoughts," I'm not sure what you're on about but I posted yesterday disagreeing with your Torts suspension = motivator nonsense. Guess that was past your bedtime.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | April 26, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 26, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Great win for the Caps - as complex as this team is emotionally, let's hope they don't get over-confident again. The Caps biggest enemy wears red.

As for Brash: definitely a suspension. It was a shot to the head and he followed through with the forearm. That went way beyond finishing a check. I didn't see the Orr hit on Semin but that sounds like a suspension. Brash should have a little more class than that.

The players can play hard but they have to recognize they're in a fraternity and they have to have some respect for each other...The first year after the lockout, there were a lot fewer fights and cheap shots.

Very cheap shot on Green by Dubinsky, also. Although, this one may have a silver lining: Greenie got confused and made a bad decision. It cost him a pretty nasty meeting with the dasher boards but it could also have cost the team.

Finally - we fans should not allow people to spit on players - security should not be necessary. The fans can do something about this. Those aren't "the washington fans" that's one or two people that have lost control of themselves and need to be reigned in.


Posted by: WritingLight | April 26, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Brash made a big open ice hit. If you notice.. most injuries happen on the open ices hits.. where the other player has his head down. Betts got nailed with his head down. As for the timing, it was within a second - but it was close. Probably could be called legal, but I also think it was partially cheap.

Bumping Orr before the game, stupid. If you want to give the league an excuse to suspend you, then that is what you do.

As for the biting, I really hope ShaMo didn't bite him. Between biting and our front row fans actions, I'm almost embarrassed to be fan. however, I reserve any and all judgements until anything is proven. My guess.. ShaMo didn't bite anyone intentionally. If someone sticks thier arm in his mouth, they deserve some marks. however, if he went out of his way to take a bite out of them... Well, that would make me sick.

GO CAPS in 7!! Why do they keep doing this? Can't we just win 3 in a row early.. it's so much easier!

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | April 27, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Betts can thank Voros for the hit. Voros was the one who hit Brashear against the boards then made a dash to the bench. What do you expect Brashear - the enforcer - to do? If Voros had any conviction, he would've stayed on the ice or not made the hit at all.

Bottom line: Voros lost it. Voros is an idiot.

Posted by: MikeM128 | April 27, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

We overlook the fact that the players and the coaches are held to a higher standard than the fans. Hey Torts, save it for the golf course.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 27, 2009 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I somewhat fear Pittsburgh - too much history and it really would be like playing ourselves. Their stars are streaky but clutch, their goalie is streaky but clutch, they have two of the best scorers in the league, holey defense at times, I could go on and on here...

Then again, facing the Devils will mean basically playing an identical series to this one. We win or lose by the goalie on the other side.

Well it's all moot if we choke and lose Tuesday. Hope killed me last season so I'm going to stay cautiously optimistic this time.

Posted by: Raber | April 27, 2009 4:33 AM | Report abuse

If Brash gets any kind of suspension, it'll only be for the contact in warm ups. Roy got a suspension for that, but I didn't see how far his incident went. Brash shouldn't get anything for the hit. Yeah, Betts got hurt pretty bad, but if you watch it over a couple times, you can see that he started with the shoulder and the elbow followed through.

Mo. haha. That's hysterical. I remember watching the scrum and all I saw was Dubinsky getting punched in the face by his own player who was trying to hit Mo. If he did bite him, that's a damn hard bite.
I'm curious because I don't and have never played hockey, but is there really any place for someone to bite you on the arm with all those pads on?

Posted by: SarahM28 | April 27, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

There must've been a scout or two from the KHL in the arena -- Brash is a free agent after the season, and he's been pretty open about going to Russia, where they want more of his style of hockey. He was just auditioning.

Posted by: bucknelldad | April 27, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Oh give it up Rangers. What a bunch of cry babies. He bump me during warm-ups. He bit me. Give it up... he probably bit himself to see if that could help him find his way back from OZ

Posted by: RedRocker | April 27, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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