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Kreider at practice, apparently OK after Orpik hit

Jan 22, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

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Some good news for Rangers fans this morning as forward Chris Kreider was on the ice for practice, and per the New York Daily News, he was wearing a regular jersey, not the no-contact version.

Kreider, 21, was hit hard by Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik in the last minute of Sunday’s game at Madison Square Garden, a 6-3 Penguins victory.

Rangers coach John Tortorella was his typical sympathetic self when asked about the hit following the game.

“Maybe we need to get whacked around some more to wake us up,” he said.

Update (12:38 p.m. ET)

  1. mattybo - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Good to see they were able to re-attach his skeleton to the rest of his body. Brutal/clean hit, hopefully the rest of the rangers can show this type of resilience tomorrow against Boston.

    • stakex - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      If they don’t…. I don’t think its boston they have to worry about beating the crap out of them.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Good – he’s a tough kid, he’ll be alright. Valuable lesson learned.

  3. jpelle82 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    probably got the wind knocked out of him and then they were careful by not putting him back in the game in case he was concussed

    • killerpgh - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      There was only 38 seconds left in the game when he got hit. Glad he is ok. It makes a beautiful hit that much better when neither party get more than just a little shaken up.

  4. wikidpissah - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I guess that BC alumni connection only goes so far…

  5. franchisethighs - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Orpik projected his thighs into Kreiders whole being. Kreiders sphincter twitched like Michael J Fox sipping a red bull when he saw that massive man named after a formidable country duo looking to take his socks.

    • thecheeman - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      There are other better sites perhaps where you can discuss mens’ thighs and sphincters.

  6. rpiotr01 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Textbook hit. Krieder will be a good one, but keep your head on a swivel crossing the opposing blueline, young man…

  7. orpiksdeadeyes - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    physically yes, mentally…. that poor soul will get flashbacks every time he touches the puck in center ice. he can never un-see those eyes. Orpik got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. When he comes after ya, he doesn’t seem to be livin’ until he checks ya, and those black eyes roll over white, and then – aww, then you hear that terrible high-pitch screamin’, the ice turns red, and in spite of all the poundin’ and the hollerin’, they all come in and rip ya to pieces. Long Live the Franchiz.

    • mp1131211 - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      That’s not at all what happened. Did you seriously rename yourself just for this post?

  8. h0ckeycoach - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Good to hear

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