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Red Wings unhappy with Brooks Orpik's knee-on-knee hit on Johan Franzen

Sep 23, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

orpik-franzen-9-22.jpgConsider tensions escalated between the seemingly bitter rivals in Detroit and Pittsburgh. Familiarity breeds contempt for sure, but the two teams saw business pick up a bit in their pre-season game last night when Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik connected with a knee-on-knee collision with Red Wings forward Johan Franzen. The hit resulted in Franzen getting a “charley horse” and leaving the game, meanwhile Orpik got in a fight with Todd Bertuzzi after the hit and received a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.

Understandably, the Red Wings are a bit upset in the wake of things as the hit came on the same knee Franzen had operated on last year and Johan Franzen is speaking out the loudest.

“It’s terrible,” Franzen said. “Stupidest play I ever seen. He lifted his foot up and put his knee inside of my leg…. I just put the puck back down deep and was trying to go get it, and he threw his knee out.”

Franzen, 30, didn’t skate today. He said he hoped to skate in the next day or two.

Does Orpik deserve to be suspended?

“Yeah,” Franzen said.

To be fair to Brooks Orpik, he doesn’t have a history of knee-hunting plays the way some players in the past have had (Derian Hatcher and Bryan Marchment come to mind immediately). Orpik does have one black mark on his record when back in 2006 he had an ugly hit from behind on Hurricanes forward Erik Cole, a hit that broke Cole’s neck.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock put things in a little bit or perspective, one that will likely drive Pens fans crazy.

“It’s one of those things in the league we’d like to look after each other’s knees. To me, that’s uncalled for,” Babcock said. “Obviously, I didn’t think it was a very good hit. I don’t think they’d be happy if one of our guys did that to Sid (Crosby) or (Evgeni) Malkin.” 

The Penguins have been on the wrong side of knee-on-knee hits before, most notably with former defenseman Sergei Gonchar. Orpik’s hit wasn’t the only knee-on-knee incident last night and it won’t be the last. If Franzen’s only going to be off his skates for a day or two, the reaction comes off looking hyperbolic, but the action is what should be punished.

The only problem with doing that is that there was no TV coverage of last night’s game. Good luck getting anyone from the NHL to make a decision based on wildly biased reports from each side. Don’t expect the fans to keep it civil either. Asking for peace amongst fans of the Penguins and Red Wings, however, might be like asking for cats and dogs to knock it off, however.

  1. MISHA - Sep 23, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Too bad Franzen is just a punk anyway. All this hub-bub really did was temporarily delay the beat-down the Pens were putting on the Wings. I think Osgood enjoyed it especially as he was really sparkling in goal. NOT. Winey-azz bunch of bee-atchs.

  2. greg - Sep 24, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    you are a fruit cake bud! I bet you Franzen healthy puts up more points than Malkin this year!!!!!

  3. greg - Sep 24, 2010 at 12:59 AM

    ps… pretty sure last time I checked Os had 3 rings. 2 as a starter! Anyone else in the league that has that let me know! thhhx

  4. greg - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    pretty sure oz has 3 rings and 2 as a starter. Another around that has that let me know!!! tthhxxxxxx shit stain

  5. Hockey Expert - Sep 24, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    Unfortunately fans from from Pittsburgh don’t really show a very high IQ or understanding of hockey. Let’s face it, this franchise was going under till a whining, cry-baby of a toddler (Cindy Crybaby) was drafted to their pathetic team.
    Since the Wings trounced the Pens in three years ago in the finals their players were going after Franzen who was off an injury from earlier series. He’s a scorer, a play maker and an overall workhorse. Franzen is a monster out there and that little queer homo Oarpuck played to the best of his abilities (cheap shot).
    All we needed was the other home (Cindy) crying about Franzen being in the way of Urpchuck and causing the hit himself. Actually I’m surprised he didn’t start crying about getting his ass kicked by Howard last year after he got caught cross checking a superior player in front of the goal (Zetterberg).
    Shouldn’t the Pens be renamed the Pissants??? The Pissants and the dumbass’s from SHYtown are the worst out there.

  6. Costas - Sep 24, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    You must not know a thing about hockey …. your remarks are pure amature the only punk i see is you little boy

  7. garyos16 - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    You do realize that our best goalie, forward line, and top defenesmen were relaxing in Detroit for this game? Congrats on your preseason beat down, we’ll see ya when it actually matters

  8. goalie35 - Sep 24, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Pretty sure that the last time we did see you f***sticks when it mattered, we walked away with a cup.
    Go Pens!!

  9. TIM - Sep 24, 2010 at 12:54 PM


  10. MISHA - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    Looks like a lot of very intelligent fellas on here who clearly prefer tulips on my organ. пошёл на хуй! ))

  11. Your collective mother - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    You’re all pathetic. The Wings are justified in calling for a fine – the hit was a cheap shot. Orpik knew what he was doing. And on the other side, Sid has done more for the sport of ice hockey than any current Red Wing player can ever dream. At any rate, they’ll settle their differences on the ice (which is what we all want anyway). All of you morons here arguing about who’s a better player and who has more rings are total fanboys. Take a minute and look with unbiased eyes and you’ll agree that Wings vs. Pens is a good matchup and a 7 game series between the two teams could go to either side. It’s a toss-up.

  12. jules - Sep 25, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    Come on, it was a cheap shot and suspension is what he needs. Players you are suppose to be professionals- ACT LIKE IT!! Fans you guys are out there.

  13. the guy that was there - Sep 25, 2010 at 5:54 AM

    What an intelligent and articulate debate! What a bunch of blowholes. For the record, I was at the game, and saw the play; probably going to guess that I’m the only one with an ounce of credibility in this blog. What I saw: 2 players, both circling around to play the puck that was cycled behind the net. Neither player was looking at one another, until the last second. When both realized a collision was unavoidable, Orpik plowed as Franzen tried to get out of the way. Was it unfortunate? Absolutely, but there was no intent. I’m a Pens fan, BUT more importantly, I’m a hockey fan. Noone wants to see stars injured in the preseason. Ever. “Hockey fans” that cheer when other team’s players are injured…disgrace the game. Go watch MMA, and appreciate a guy like Franzen, for the great player he is.
    P.S. Couldn’t let this one go…Greg, Malkin’s gonna light it up this year, and Franzen won’t finish within 20 points of him. AND, Osgood is NOT an incredible goaltender. He’s incredibly blessed to play behind a talented group of two-way players and a tight defensive team. From a guy that was there and saw 5 goals go past him in the first 12 minutes, it’s time to put Ozzy out to pasture. Your future is Howard, plain and simple. GO PENS!!!

  14. Easy Eddie - Sep 25, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Some Penguin fans simply amaze me. Orpik is a bum. Can’t wait for Malkin or Sissy Crosby to get whacked sometime this year — the over-reactions from shitsburgh will be quite fun to read

  15. SG Man - Sep 26, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Your a punk bi$#@ – a dirty hit is a dirty hit!

  16. SG Man - Sep 26, 2010 at 8:54 AM

    Eye witness reports from Pittsburgh – Potential season and career ending use of knee by Orpik was clean hit – remember this is being reported by someone who actually paid to see these crybaby – diving – sob’s – Who where given the cup officials paid by a league that needed a face! Too bad Crosby was too busy crying for any manly pictures – you bunch of sissy boys – I can’t wait until you play in Detroit, payback is a bitch and you will PAY!

  17. the guy that was there - Sep 26, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    Why are all bloggers such tough guys? Amazing.
    Easy Eddie says “Orpik is a bum” and “Sissy Crosby”
    SG Man says “Crosby was too busy crying”
    Misha say “Cindy Crybaby”
    Do any of you EVER hear Pens fans bash your guys like that?
    Congratulations on your loyalty; what a classy group of fans!
    “Can’t wait til you come to Detroit, and you will pay”….really?Really?
    What are you gonna do? Boo from your couch, whilst spilling Doritos down your beer-stained wifebeater? That’ll show em! I’d insult you even more, but that fact that you probably live in or around Detroit seems like enough punishment.
    Best wishes, D fans! Rather more like D bags

  18. JDM - Sep 27, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    the guy that was there say’s—(now everybody listen close) “the fact that you live in or around Detroit is punishment enough”.
    Well, Pittsburgh is is not anywhere that I want to spend any time.
    And I know this because, I am a ” Guy that was there”!!!

  19. Fan - Sep 29, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    It’s curious that the fans’ of the two teams who won the Cup the last two years (not the wings) are the teams you choose to label. Once again, a hater’s comment says more about themself than it does anyone else!

  20. Hockey Hits - Oct 1, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Geez- How is it possible that Detroit has stupider fans than even the damn Crapitals. Are the Detroit schools really that bad to have such a moronic fan base?? Fact of the matter is that if the Wings had Crosby or Malkin for that matter, do you know what they would have right now? A Stanley Cup..

  21. Whoabot - Oct 5, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    “Do any of you EVER hear Pens fans bash your guys like that? ”
    Uh. Yeah. Read the first comment, Mr. Magoo. More than that, Pittsburgh fans find it necessary to not only insult our players and team, but the economic status of our city and our financial situations. Real classy.

  22. Whoabot - Oct 5, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    You insult the intelligence of Detroit-educated folks and then follow it up with the dumbest comment I’ve ever seen. I don’t know when you started paying attention to the world around you, but Detroit won the Stanley Cup the year before Pittsburgh without Crosby or Malkin. And the Chicago Blackhawks just won the Stanley Cup without them, too. And for that matter, the Wings have 11 Stanley Cups without Crosby or Malkin.

  23. 2late2matter - Oct 6, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Obviously many bloggers display various vocabularies in describing their hatred towards the Detroit RW’s.
    Obviously many hockey organizations lack the ability to attract the caliber of players that reload the machine called the DRW’s.
    To allow a Hossa to go to a rival, then pick up a Modano from a rival may look like good Karma for some. But players in Detroit want to stay there because everybody wants to be on the winning team. Simple to say; difficult to achieve for many disjointed clubs that lack success and a rabid fan base. Go Red Wings!

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