Washington Capitals Take a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Martin AverySenior Writer IApril 28, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 26:  Brandon Dubinsky #17 of the New York Rangers goes up against Shaone Morrisonn #26 of the Washington Capitals during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 26, 2009 in New York, New York. The Capitals defeated the Rangers 5-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Did the Washington Capitals Shaone Morrisonn bite New York Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky? The incident is getting overshadowed by Blair Betts getting a broken Orbital Bone from the illegal elbow from Donald Brashear.

Brandon Dubinsky claims he was bitten by Shaone Morrisonn during Sunday's Game 6. Morrisonn denied the claim. Dubinsky says yes. Morrisonn says no.

Dubinsky and Morrison will face each other in Game Seven but Betts is out with the injury and Brashear is suspended for six games.

Will Betts not be able to play the game again? In 1975 Bruins forward Dave Forbes used the butt end of his stick to whack North Stars winger Henry Boucha in the eye, breaking Boucha's orbital bone and Boucha was unable to play ever again.

You can read all about it in The Code: The Unwritten Rules of Fighting and Retaliation in the NHL, by Ross Bernstein.

Brashear was not penalized during the game but the NHL gave him a five game suspension after reviewing tapes. He got a sixth game suspension for a hit on Colton Orr in the pre-game skate.

Ironically, a six game suspension is what Sean Avery got for trash talk. His career was almost over because of it.

Dubinsky's right wrist was taped up, and he said that's where the bite occurred, according to Pierre LeBrun on ESPN.

"That's who I had, 100 percent sure," Dubinsky said, according to LeBrun.
Morrisonn absolutely denied it.

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