- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Name calling. Cheap shots. Eye gouging. Spitting. Biting. Suspensions. Phony suspensions.

Was Bruce Boudreau conducting an interview on WWE’s “Monday Night Raw”?

“I would be a good wrestler to interview,” the Washington Capitals’ coach said.

I think of Boudreau more in the manager’s role - a Bobby “The Brain” Heenan type of character.

There wasn’t much talk about hockey the day before Game 7 of the Caps-New York Rangers Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

The talk was more about who bit whom, who was suspended and who wasn’t in the wake of Game 6 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, which, according to the Rangers, was a crime scene.

An ESPN “SportsCenter” report surfaced Monday morning claiming that two Caps players - Donald Brashear and Mike Green - would be suspended by the NHL for Game 7 for their actions in Game 6 in New York.

Brashear was no surprise. He bumped Rangers enforcer Colton Orr in the pregame warmups, and his hit on Blair Betts in the first period sent Betts to the locker room.

But why would Green be suspended? Bad hair?

Turns out the report on ESPN about Green - the network mistakenly attributed it to The Washington Post - was wrong, the result of a crank call.

“My buddy called me this morning and asked me why I wasn’t playing in Game 7,” Green said after practice Monday. “It scared me a little bit when I was on my way to the rink. But I guess it was a mistake.”

Meanwhile, Rangers stand-in Jim Schoenfeld - he subbed in Game 6 for coach John Tortorella, who was suspended after striking a Caps fan with a thrown water bottle during Game 5 at Verizon Center - called Brashear’s hit on Betts “vicious.”

It is not clear whether Tortorella, who had a run-in with a New York hockey writer during his press conference Monday, will summon the courage to appear again behind the bench for Game 7. The Rangers demanded beefed-up security for Tuesday’s game.

Talk about home-ice advantage - Caps fans are in the Rangers’ heads.

Schoenfeld also claimed Caps defenseman Shaone Morrisonn bit Brandon Dubinsky during a skirmish in Game 6 - Schoenfeld said the Rangers center needed a tetanus shot after the incident.

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