Donald Brashear has been suspended for six games for his actions in Game 6 on Sunday afternoon. The Caps have no comment on the ruling.
Brashear was hit with a one-game suspension for shoving Colton Orr during pre-game warmups and five more for the hit on Blair Betts. The NHL has been trying to crack down on hits to the head, so whether or not it was a “clean” shoulder check or an elbow probably didn’t matter to them.
“Brashear delivered a shoulder hit to an unsuspecting player,” NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said. “It is also my opinion that the hit was delivered late and targeted the head of his opponent, causing significant injury.”
There are probably some Caps fans who would ask why Sean Avery was not punished further for hitting people in the head twice with his stick after the whistle, and it is probably a valid argument at this point.
Brashear cannot appeal the suspension, and he will begin serving it tomorrow night. If the Caps lose to the Rangers, then he would miss the first five games next season. Brashear is an unrestricted free agent, so it is possible that he could miss those games with another club.