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Brashear suspended

WASHINGTON Capitals forward Donald Brashear has been suspended for six games for two separate incidents during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series on Sunday against the New York Rangers.

Brashear was suspended one game for initiating contact with Rangers forward Colton Orr during the pre-game warm-up, the NHL said on Monday.

The 37-year-old left wing was suspended for five additional games for a blind-side hit on New York forward Blair Betts midway through the first period of the Capitals' 5-3 victory.

"Brashear delivered a shoulder hit to an unsuspecting player," NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement.

"It is also my opinion that the hit was delivered late and targeted the head of his opponent, causing significant injury."

Brashear's suspension was to begin in Game 7 of the series. Betts was expected to miss the game.


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