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NHL suspends Orr, Brashear for Dec. 30 incidents

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
National Hockey League press release

New York Rangers forward Colton Orr has been suspended for five games and Washington Capitals forward Donald Brashear has been suspended for one game as a result of separate incidents during the third period of NHL Game #572 at Madison Square Garden Saturday night.

Based on the average annual value of his contract, Orr forfeits $13,235.29 in salary. Brashear, suspended for three games earlier in the season, forfeits $12,195.12. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Orr was suspended for a crosschecking blow to the head of Washington
forward Alexander Ovechkin at 15:40 of the third period. Brashear was
assessed a match penalty for punching Rangers defenseman Aaron Ward at 7:39 of the third period.

"The Rangers player's actions with his stick were reckless and dangerous," said Colin Campbell, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. "Although no injury resulted, the action is unacceptable."

Orr will miss the Rangers' games, Jan. 2 at New Jersey, Jan. 4 against Philadelphia, Jan. 6 at Montreal, Jan. 9 against the New York Islanders and Jan. 11 against Ottawa.

Brashear will miss the Capitals' game Jan. 1 against Phoenix.
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