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NHL suspends Washington Capitals forward Donald Brashear for six games

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NEW YORK - The NHL has suspended Washington Capitals forward Donald Brashear for six games.

He received a five-game ban for a blind-side hit on New York Rangers forward Blair Betts during the first period of Sunday's Eastern Conference quarter-final game.

Betts suffered a broken orbital bone on the play and is out indefinitely.

NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell says he felt the hit was delivered late and targeted Betts' head.

Brashear received an additional one-game suspension for initiating contact with Rangers forward Colton Orr during the pre-game warm-up.

Game 7 of the series is set for Tuesday night.

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