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Watch Brooks Orpik horrify Carolina fans with monster hit on Jeff Skinner

Jan 18, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

Jeff Skinner just came back from missing time with a concussion. You can imagine the horror Hurricanes fans felt last night then when Skinner was laid out courtesy of a monster hit by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.

Orpik was given a minor penalty for interference on the play, but that seemed to be more of a reactionary thing since Skinner was down and out. Skinner did go to the quiet room and returned the game, however, and even participated in the shootout (which Carolina lost).

After the game, Skinner explained what happened on the play to Chip Alexander of the News & Observer.

“I saw him coming,” Skinner said. “I thought I could chip it in and get by him. Then, when I couldn’t, I tried to get my hands up to protect myself as quick as possible.”

Orpik told Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the referee apologized to him for the penalty since he was wrong about the call. That said, the next time Skinner goes through center ice with his head down, he might not end up as fortunate as he turned out to be.

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    orpik should teach a workshop in the offseason to the rest of the league. cant believe they called a penalty on this, skinner clearly had his stick on the puck…cant be interference. orpik was suspended back in 05 or 06 (i think) and hasnt been guilty since, he proves you can still hit in this league. glad skinner ended up finishing the game

  2. hank10 - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Want to skate with your head down? Got two words for you: Eric Lindros.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      A better two words might be Scott Stevens.

  3. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jan 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Great to see a good clean hit out of Brooksy. Dissapointed that it was a penalty but also glad the referees acknowledged the mistake and it didn’t come back to bite the Pens.

    Most importantly though I was glad to see Skinner return – after everything we’ve been through with Crosby you’d hate to see that kind of thing happen to another great young player.

  4. lsxphotog - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    I hate, hate, HATE the Pens, but there shouldn’t have been a call there. Clean hit lead with the shoulder.

  5. mmmpierogi - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Yeah, no question – that was about as clean a hit as Orpik could have dropped there. I suppose in this day and age, the refs are going to be jumping the gun on that stuff sometime.

    Also, the Carolina bench

  6. mmmpierogi - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    That was about as clean a hit as Orpik could have dropped in that situation. With regard to the penalty, In this day and age, the refs are going to be jumping the gun on that stuff sometimes – what can you do.

    Also, Brandon Sutter needs to either (a) go out on the ice and do something or (b) sit down and not sit there and wave his arms at the refs as if there’s a penalty to be called. I can understand getting a little worked up when you see your boy get crushed right in front of the bench, but crying to the refs, especially given how clean that hit was, is lame. Way to overreact.

  7. drewsylvania - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    This is one of those hits where he could have easily hit him in the head (he nearly did). But he didn’t. I don’t think he’s trying for a headshot there. But I’m waiting for the NHL to start calling that type of hit “intent to injure”.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      you hit the nail on the head. other guys should look at this and see that you dont have to lift up on a guy and while he couldve taken his head off – he didnt. as far as the intent to injure, they designate the head shot as intent to injure now, so i think as long as the head isnt the point of contact these types of hits should remain ok. orpik should be lauded and maybe shanny should send a video out using this as an example of how to do it right

  8. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    orpiks a beast. the pens are on fire now watch out. philly sucks

    • jpelle82 - Jan 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      slow down…they beat who tampa and carolina? thats hot right now? they are coming off of a 7 game losing streak before that…though i agree orpik is a beast, stop making us pens fans look bad with your blind drivel.

      • mikevee1 - Jan 18, 2012 at 7:27 PM

        If you were a Pens fan you’d know that they also beat 1st place Florida and the losing streak was 6 games….Doesn’t that make Pens fans look bad when you don’t have your facts straight?

  9. danphipps01 - Jan 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Orpik’s a model on which all the League heavy-hitters should base themselves. He doesn’t hit people, he makes them explode. And he does it cleanly, because he hasn’t been suspended in like five years and he doesn’t rack up bad penalty minutes. He’s just a hard, tough, clean player. Guy earns a lot of respect playing the game like that.

  10. technicalfowler - Jan 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Canes fan here–

    Yeah, probably should not have been a penalty. However, Skinner coming back from a concussion plus the history of Orpik breaking Erik Cole’s neck probably had something to do with the overreaction to the hit.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      thanks for the memory jog…i knew he had gotten suspended…it was the erik cole incident

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Definitely should not have been a penalty but it doesn’t matter.

      I still shudder when I think about the Orpik-Cole hit… guh. Wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the reason Orpik has put so much effort into hitting the right way. To your point about that being the source of the overreaction – I would agree to an extent, only reason I would disagree is how many guys from that team were on it 6 years ago?

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