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Report: No supplemental discipline for Orpik after kneeing Stepan

Apr 6, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

According to various sources, Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Oprik won’t face any additional punishment for kneeing New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan in a 5-2 win on Thursday.

The hit in question:

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Orpik received a five-minute kneeing major and game misconduct for the hit; Stepan left the contest and didn’t return, missing New York’s practice on Friday.

Today, Newsday’s Steve Zipay reported there was no scheduled hearing for Orpik, followed by Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma saying he hadn’t heard from the league about the hit, and didn’t expect to.

So, why no supplemental discipline?

“GMs had talk about hits like Orpik on Stepan at recent meetings in Fla.,” tweeted Sportsnet’s John Shannon. “Shanahan told them call would be 5 [minute kneeing major] and a game with no supplemental [discipline]. League and Shanahan wanted to know if that was OK going down stretch and in playoffs.

“Without dissent, GMs agreed that it was.”

It should be noted the GM meetings in Florida occurred after Colorado’s Kevin Porter was handed a four-game suspension for kneeing Vancouver’s David Booth on Dec. 6:

That was the first and only kneeing suspension of the season, though Boston’s Adam McQuaid was fined $2,500 for kneeing Ottawa’s Nick Foligno:

That hit occurred just eight days after the Porter-Booth collision.

  1. nogoodtomedead - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    I don’t know if I agree with this or not. I’ve watched the hit- and it wasn’t as blatant as the hype around it suggests it was. Some knee-on-knee hits are pretty clearly intentional- I just feel like he didn’t try to avoid the contact more then he tried to initiate it. Penguins are sure putting targets on themselves though.

  2. letangusespertplus - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Whining starts now!

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      LetangUsesPertPlus : Pittsburgh’s #1 Douchebag

      • letangusespertplus - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:53 PM

        Don’t even live in Pitt. Are you ready to over react to the loss to the rangers tomorrow?

      • letangusespertplus - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        Don’t even live in Pitt. You wanna make an excuse now for your loss tomorrow?

    • rg3isvictory - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      Your a total moron!!! Thanks for always living up to the Low PA standards!!!

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      are you ready to start whining about cindy being hit or your beloved pens losing to philiy again. oh, i see, so your one of those bandwagon pit fans which makes you even worse. i don’t even live their but ill cheer for them since the league favors them and its the cool thing to do., so my friends think i’m cool, type of guys. thumbs down on your life and this blog comment :)

  3. ravenscaps48 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Why would they? Pittsburgh : America’s City

  4. snoop0323 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I did not know the GMs agreed to this at the most recent meetings. Knowing this, there is no way Orpik should be suspended. It is still a dirty play, but the GMs agreed, knee-on-knee does not warrant a suspension.

  5. elvispocomo - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    I’m not a fan of saying kneeing hits – a type of hit that can cause serious injury – should be dealt with only with the in game penalties. The suspension on the Porter knee may have been high, but if you want to set a standard, follow through. If you aren’t sure, set it low. Don’t set a high bar and then ask if people can just go under it the next time something happens. And don’t get me started on weighting a suspension on the level of injury that results.

    On this hit in particular, I’ve seen worse, but it wasn’t good. His knee’s clearly out to the side and it wasn’t as if he just missed the check with the body because of the angle of the other player. He was getting beat and reacted. If he doesn’t have history, a fine might be enough considering the other examples of what’s been handed out.

  6. davidpcoelho - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Penguins are really good at Shanny’s Wheel-Of-Suspensions…they always seem to land on the NONE slot.

    • letangusespertplus - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      Letang was one of the first suspensions of the year.

      • rg3isvictory - Apr 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        You should change your name to Crosby since you’re always whining on here!!!

  7. GenoPringles - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    The NHL should fine Torts for his total out of line comments after the game. Also Brooks is one of the cleanest players ever to put on a Pens Jersey. People keep claiming that the pens whine too much? All I have heard this week is teams whining about them. Fear the Soupcan Army.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      aw does it hurt your feeling that the mass majority disagree’s with you and your team’s motives to take out other players.but hey it’s sh*ttburgs you guys are the true victim’s here. everyone just whines about you.

  8. philly4lyfe - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Penguins playing dirty and getting away with it? Shocking.

    • miketoasty - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      How did they get away with it? A 5 minute major and a game misconduct. What more do you want them to do being that it’s not a suspendable play?

    • bobhpine - Apr 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Broken record.

  9. Stiller43 - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Philly fan claming someone elses team is dirty? Thats a laugh

  10. sdaspoon - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    After this hit was given no suspension, it has been clear to me that the penguins get to play by two different set of rules and nothing i have seen since this hit changes my opinionCheck out this video on YouTube:

    Sent from my iPhone

    • letangusespertplus - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      See Hartnell being a bad ass? Me neither.

    • tsi431 - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

      I would agree it looks vicious at first look, but after watching the replays, the Flyers guy decided to cut off the Penguins player by skating directly in front of him, instead of attacking the puck. The Flyers’ player looked back saw the defender and decided it was a good idea to skate with his back directly in front of his. Stupidity

    • tgeth27 - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      A video from 4 years ago…that’s strong evidence

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