NHL suspends three, fines Caps, Thrashers coaches

TORONTO -- 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.