Flyers' Brashear suspended one game

TORONTO -- Donald Brashear's late punch proved costly.

The NHL on Friday suspended the Philadelphia Flyers left wing one game without pay for instigating an altercation with New York Rangers defenseman Darius Kasparaitis on Thursday night.

In addition, Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock was fined $10,000.

After Kasparaitis drew the ire of the Flyers early in their eventual 6-1 setback, he was hunted down by the Philadelphia tough guy and attacked with less than two minutes to go in the third period. Instead of dropping the gloves to fight, Kasparaitis elected to cover up, and Brashear received 29 minutes in penalties for decking the defenseman with a punch.

Brashear and Hitchcock were penalized under NHL Rule 56(a),
which states that "a player who is deemed to be the instigator
of an altercation in the final five minutes of regulation time
or at any time in overtime shall be assessed an instigator minor
penalty, a major for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and an
automatic one-game suspension .... In addition, the player's
coach shall be fined $10,000."

"That is why things happen to him," Brashear said of
Kasparaitis. "That is why he has to take a punch every once in a
while. He is lucky I didn't drop my gloves and [punch him]
harder. It was just a little reminder, and the next time, if he
keeps going, maybe it will be worse."

Brashear will miss Saturday's game at the New York Islanders and
forfeit $8,918.37 in salary, which goes to the Players'
Emergency Assistance Fund. Hitchcock's fine goes to the NHL