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NHL suspends 3 players, fines 2 coaches

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:41 AM

Associated Press

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NHL suspends 3 players, fines 2 coaches
Atlanta Thrashers 4, Washington Capitals 2

TORONTO (AP) -Washington forward Donald Brashear was suspended for three games by the NHL on Thursday, stemming from a fight a day earlier between the Capitals and Atlanta Thrashers.

Brashear, teammate Brian Sutherby and Atlanta forward Scott Mellanby were automatically suspended one game while coaches Glen Hanlon of the Capitals and Bob Hartley of the Thrashers were fined $30,000 and $10,000, respectively.

Brashear was suspended for an additional two games under a rule that allows the commissioner to tack on additional games. He will be eligible to return Nov. 30 against Dallas.

With 1:22 left in the Thrashers' 4-2 victory, Atlanta defenseman Andy Sutton was penalized for a hard check along the boards.

Three fights broke out simultaneously. Brashear went after Vitaly Vishnevski. The Thrashers' defenseman resisted, but Brashear kept hitting him and blood eventually flowed. Jon Erskine went after Atlanta forward Marian Hossa while Matt Bradley fought Thrashers defenseman Greg de Vries.

On the next faceoff, Sutherby instigated a fight with Brad Larsen. On the ensuing faceoff, Mellanby provoked a fight with Jamie Heward.

The players' suspension money goes to a players' emergency assistance fund. The coaches' fines go to the NHL Foundation.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:01
WSH
PPG - Matt Pettinger (5) Snap shot - ASST: Jakub Klepis (2), Brian Pothier (12)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
05:03
WSH
Jakub Klepis (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Boyd Gordon (4)
2 - 0 WSH
06:15
ATL
Shane Hnidy (1) Snap shot - ASST: Glen Metropolit (6), Andy Sutton (7)
2 - 1 WSH
12:05
ATL
PPG - Bobby Holik (4) Tip-in - ASST: Ilya Kovalchuk (14)
2 - 2 Tie
13:01
ATL
Glen Metropolit (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Greg De Vries (6), Jon Sim (4)
3 - 2 ATL
3rd Period
13:53
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk (15) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 2 ATL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:15
WSH
Richard Zednik  Too many men/ice - bench
09:19
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk  Hooking against  Steve Eminger
11:50
WSH
Brian Pothier  Slashing
14:59
WSH
Jamie Heward  Holding against  Jean-Pierre Vigier
15:31
ATL
Jim Slater  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
12:00
WSH
John Erskine  Hooking against  Marian Hossa
13:19
ATL
Bobby Holik  Hooking
18:02
WSH
Brian Pothier  Hooking against  Jim Slater
3rd Period
08:20
ATL
Scott Mellanby  Slashing against  John Erskine
08:20
WSH
Matt Bradley  Hooking against  Jon Sim
08:20
WSH
John Erskine  Roughing against  Scott Mellanby
17:21
WSH
Shaone Morrisonn  Hooking against  Jim Slater
17:48
ATL
Steve Rucchin  Hooking
18:26
WSH
Alex Ovechkin  Slashing against  Jim Slater
18:38
ATL
Andy Sutton  Hi-sticking
18:38
ATL
Andy Sutton  Roughing
18:38
WSH
Ben Clymer  Roughing
18:58
WSH
Donald Brashear  Game misconduct
18:58
WSH
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj)
18:58
WSH
Matt Bradley  Game misconduct
18:58
WSH
John Erskine  Fighting (maj)
18:58
WSH
John Erskine  Game misconduct
18:58
WSH
John Erskine  Aggressor
18:58
WSH
Donald Brashear  Fighting (maj)
18:58
WSH
Donald Brashear  Instigator
18:58
WSH
Olie Kolzig  Goalie leave crease
18:58
ATL
Vitaly Vishnevski  Fighting (maj)
18:58
ATL
Marian Hossa  Game misconduct
18:58
ATL
Marian Hossa  Fighting (maj)
18:58
ATL
Johan Hedberg  Goalie leave crease
18:58
ATL
Greg De Vries  Game misconduct
18:58
ATL
Greg De Vries  Fighting (maj)
19:02
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Game misconduct
19:02
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Fighting (maj)
19:02
WSH
Brian Sutherby  Instigator
19:02
ATL
Brad Larsen  Fighting (maj)
19:17
ATL
Scott Mellanby  Instigator
19:17
ATL
Scott Mellanby  Fighting (maj)
19:17
ATL
Scott Mellanby  Game misconduct
19:17
WSH
Jamie Heward  Fighting (maj)
19:57
ATL
Jean-Pierre Vigier  Tripping against  Richard Zednik
goalie stats
Johan Hedberg
SA: 26TOI: 59:56
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .923SH: 1 - 1
Olie Kolzig
SA: 32TOI: 59:34
Saves: 28EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0