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12/31/2006 5:17:43 PM


NEW YORK (CP) - New York Rangers forward Colton Orr was suspended five games by the NHL on Sunday while Donald Brashear of the Washington Capitals was handed a one game suspension.

The penalties come as a result of separate incidents in a game between the two teams at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Orr was suspended for a cross-checking Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin late in the third period of the game. He will forfeit US$13,235.29 in salary and won't be eligible to return until Jan. 13 against Boston.

''(Orr's) actions with his stick were reckless and dangerous," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice-president of hockey operations. ''Although no injury resulted, the action is unacceptable.''

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