The swelling has gone down on the right side of Blair Betts' face and he rode the stationary bicycle for 20 minutes today, his first physical activity since suffering a concussion from a Donald Brashear hit in Game 6. Betts, who will be an unrestricted free agent, said he will not need facial surgery because of a broken orbital bone.
Brashear was suspended for six games but Betts said he would have preferred if Brashear had been given a two- or five-minute penalty for what Betts described as a "late hit," something that would have helped the Rangers at the immediate time. Brashear did not play in Game 7 but wasn't likely to anyway.
Still, given every opportunity to take offense at Brashear's actions, Betts did not express any anger.
Brashear had told the Washington Post that, "Anybody who knows hockey knows it was a great hit."
"In my opinion, it was a late hit, he blind-sided me," Betts said. "But his elbows weren't up, it was a good shoulder hit. But it was late. I wish a penalty would have been called during the game. I don't care about a suspension.
"It was close to being a great hit," Betts added. "I just think it was a little late. I don't think it was a great hit. It was close to one. Obviously, I'm upset about it, it took me out of the lineup in a game I would have loved to be playing in. I'll get over it."