Sunday, December 31, 2006

Shanahan takes on Brashear

A few weeks before his 38th birthday, Brendan Shanahan takes on one of the toughest players in the league — which makes you wonder, is there anything he won't do?

You can see at the start of the fight, Donald Brashear has Shanahan tied up fully, possibly not wanting to lay an ugly beating on one of the game's superstar ambassadors. This was Shanahan's first fighting major of the season, although he's been known to have a few a year.

As for Brashear's sucker punch on Aaron Ward: I see a lengthy suspension coming down for the Capitals enforcer. Let's say 12 games.

(Also interesting to note is that Ward received a two minute minor on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct.)

UPDATE Brashear receives just a one-game suspension (which is completely ludicrous), while Colton Orr gets five for his crosscheck on Alex Ovechkin.

18 Comments:

At 2:48 PM, December 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Scott Nichol only got 9 for his punch on Spacek when the latter wasn't even looking, I doubt Brash will get 12 for a shot that Ward clearly incited and could have reasonably seen coming (btw, this should in no way be construed as me justifying Brashear's actions).

Then again, there's been no consistency to Colin Campbell's disciplinary action so far this year, so I wouldn't expect it to start now.

 
At 3:10 PM, December 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and regarding Ward's minor, there's speculation that he got an unsportsmanlike conduct for using a racist slur towards Brashear (which would, in part, explain Donald's reaction).

 
At 3:47 PM, December 31, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

That's a pretty serious accusation to make, jp. If you've got a source for that, please cite it.

 
At 4:07 PM, December 31, 2006, Anonymous Logan said...

Brashear is a repeat offender. I expect him to get a minimum of five games, regardless of what Ward said or did.

 
At 4:28 PM, December 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not alleging it - I'm saying that there's speculation out there that Ward may have said something to that effect. The fact that Brashear would not comment after the game and the fact that he reacted how he did are bits of circumstantial evidence, but I have not seen a credible source anywhere intimating that this is, in fact, the case.

 
At 4:30 PM, December 31, 2006, Anonymous Logan said...

Orr got five games. Brashear got one. Ridiculous. How does a repeat offender only get one game for intent to injure?

 
At 4:39 PM, December 31, 2006, Blogger PJ Swenson said...

That is huge after Brashear destroyed the last two people he faced.

One game is a joke, but Washington needs him to put people in the stands.

 
At 4:40 PM, December 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brashear punched him in the mouth - it wasn't exactly a blindside hit into the boards.

But like I said, there's been no consistency to Colin Campbell's disciplinary action so far this year, so I wouldn't expect it to start now.

 
At 4:51 PM, December 31, 2006, Anonymous ST said...

Orr deservcs a huge suspension. He's a complete coward. There's no chance he would've cross checked Ovi in the face with Brashear not out of the game. He's already gotten pounded by Brashear twice this year and he would've gotten destroyed again if Brash hadn't been thrown out. We'll see how big Orr's balls are when he comes to D.C. in February. Complete coward and a terrible fighter.

 
At 7:28 PM, December 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 game?!?! Colin Campbell has really lost the plot. What a joke. As a repeat offender he had to get more games than Nichol. Once again NHL discipline is exposed as a joke.

 
At 7:36 PM, December 31, 2006, Blogger Kizz said...

I was at the game and Brashear deserves more than a one game suspension. While this fight was the central one of the night it wasn't the only one and Brashear was an instigating punk all night long. Which, as I understand it, is what he's paid for, but still his actions throughout the game were uncalled for. He was grandstanding after the fight with Shanahan was broken up and generally being a diva. I didn't see Ward say anything to him but my feeling is that if he said something (non-racially biased) and got punched for it it should have ended there with no penalty for Ward and the subsequent ejection for Brashear. If the comment had a racial component then they both deserved to get penalized for it. It was an exciting night at the garden but there wasn't much hockey being played, that's for sure.

 
At 4:33 AM, January 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I expect pigs to sing before Colin Campbell finds consistency in his decisions! He blew it again recently with the Nichol / Spacek affair when he failed to hand anything to Spacek in his attempt to injure Nichol. Spacel has a history that Campbell completely forgot about. Did he assume Nichol went ballistic on a whim!

 
At 9:48 AM, January 01, 2007, Blogger alyosha mcbain said...

It's nice to see that Colie Campbell is a real professional, willing to forgive the NY Rangers for firing him after his dismal performance as coach.

This lack of punishment for Brashear is utterly ridiculous. Maybe the NYPD can issue a warrant instead.

As far as the rumors of racial slurs go, they are unfounded--if true, Campbell would have made some sort of public reference to that fact to justify the lightness of Brashear's punishment. Brashear has flown off the handle for far less in his career; just because he got rapped in the head by McSorley a few years back doesn't mean that he's not a psychotic in his own right.

I wonder when the league will decide that Jagr is as worthy of protection as Ovechkin.

 
At 4:47 PM, January 01, 2007, Anonymous ken said...

Aaron Ward got what he deserved. Brashear shouldn't have been suspended at all.

 
At 8:36 PM, January 01, 2007, Blogger Kizz said...

Ken, I'd love to hear why you think that.

 
At 8:26 AM, January 02, 2007, Anonymous rachael said...

I think it's time for www.firecolincampbell.com. There's been way too many non-calls and lack of disciplinary action this year. He needs to be held accountable for his actions.

 
At 9:38 AM, January 02, 2007, Blogger girlysportsrant said...

1 game is ridiculous. should have been at least 4!

Also Shananhan's interview afterwards was funny. He said "It was fun, it's something I enjoy and dont get to do often enough!"

He's insane :)

 
At 6:55 PM, January 02, 2007, Blogger Doogie said...

Yeah, I noticed that Brash seemed to be the one hanging on. Maybe he sensed that Shanny was truly pissed and might just break something if he got any good shots off.

 

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