This series has gone from weird in the sense that the Rangers were somehow beating the Caps 3-1 despite getting outplayed at almost every turn to just plain weird.
Donald Brashear will have a hearing later today, and faces a possible suspension for his pregame warmup altercation with Colton Orr and/or his hit on Blair Betts.
Earlier today, an erroneous report on ESPN had both Brashear and Mike Green suspended. Green will definitely not be suspended, and it remains to be seen with Brashear.
“My buddy called me this morning and asked me why I wasn’t playing in Game 7,” Green said. “It scared me a little when I was on my way to the rink, but I guess it was a mistake.”
Caps captain Chris Clark said he hopes to play in Game 7 if Brashear can’t, and he said Bruce Boudreau told him to be ready. Clark hasn’t played in a playoff game since Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004 — the last NHL game before the lockout.
Also, Shaone Morrisonn said the alleged biting incident with Brandon Dubinsky didn’t happen, and he doesn’t expect to face any discipline action from the league.
“I don’t know what to say; that’s not what happened,” Morrisonn said. “I didn’t do that or anything like that.
“I think that George [McPhee] is handling it. It was news to me when we landed [Sunday] night. I didn’t really understand what he was saying.”
Also of note, it is Simeon Varlamov’s 21st birthday today. When Alex Ovechkin was asked if there would be any celebrations planned, he said, “No, maybe tomorrow. Tomorrow we’ll do something.”
“This particular round he’s been sensational,” defenseman Brian Pothier said. “Mentally, he’s definitely a lot older than 21, and I think that’s helped him out a lot. He competes, and he’s a real special goalie. We’re just thrilled with the way he’s been playing.”
So to recap, Brashear might not be allowed to play tomorrow night, but Sean Avery will be playing at Verizon Center for the first time since hitting four guys in the face after the whistle in two games and John Tortorella will be back for the first time since the Game 5 incident with the fans sitting behind him.
Think it is going to be a wild atmosphere at the Phone Booth? Meanwhile, there will be a hockey game as well. The Caps will try to advance to the second round for the first time since 1998 and complete a comeback from down 3-1 to the reeling Rangers.