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Penguins announce Brooks Orpik ‘alert and conscious’ (Updated)

Dec 7, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik is “alert and conscious” and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, the NHL club announced a short time ago.

Orpik had to be stretchered off the ice after he was taken down to the ice and punched multiple times in the head by Shawn Thornton in the first period of Saturday’s game between the Penguins and the Boston Bruins.

The incident occurred during a scrum at the 11:06 mark of the first period. Thornton was assessed a match penalty.

Earlier in the game, Thornton had challenged Orpik to fight after the Penguins’ defenseman delivered an open-ice hit on Loui Eriksson on the first shift.

The scrum in which the Thornton-Orpik incident occurred began after James Neal was called for a dangerous knee on Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand.

Updated: Orpik will fly home with the Penguins, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

  1. bdywrks - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I didn’t see a scrum. Orpik was with his teammates. Thornton grabbed him from behind.

    • joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Thornton slew footed Orpik and then punched and elbowed him in the face when he was down.

    • nhloon - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Thornton made A BAD move, but come on Orpik, you pick your spots.

      Thorty punched you directly in the grill. MAN UP, PROTECT YOURSELF !!!

  2. muckleflugga - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    not surprised with the quick recovery…it looked to me like orpik was looking for an escape clause

    he’s like that as a player, crashing smaller opponents then hiding in the chicken yard all night

    i saw nothing in the way of serious force in thornton’s punches, his status as a knuckle-dragging neandrathal with the i.q. of a gnat notwithstanding

    if that all it takes to get taken off in a stretcher, orpik wouldn’t last six minutes in a bar anywhere out in the oilpatch, or in sudbury for that matter

    • joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      It was a freaken elbow to the face. C’mon man! You’re smarter than that. Those freaken elbow pads are hard as a rock.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Not sure what game you were watching but Orpik had clearly been knocked out. It doesn’t take a hard punch to KO someone.

    • hazlydose - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Yeah between the rock hard elbow pad, the fist, and the bouncing of his head on the sheet of ice that is as hard as concrete, he should have bounced back up and scored on the ensuing power play!


      • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Head off the ice? elbow? what freaking game where you watching? His head never hit the ice and Thornton never hit him with an elbow,wow you Penguins fans really are blind. It’s not like he kicked him in the head on purpose anything Oh wait that was Neal who did that.Now that should be a 20 game suspension,for a known cheapshot headhunting Penguin…Come on Shanahan step up don’t bow to Mario and Sydney’s crying AGAIN

      • coldfire22x - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        @seanobi: orpik’s head didn’t bounce off the ice but if you didn’t see the elbow, you’re the one who is blind.

        my opinion: the hit on eriksson was hard but clean. i can’t blame thorton for going after orpik afterward, though he was a coward for doing it the way he did. thorton definitely deserves suspension. and as much as i hate that dirty rat, marchand, neal’s knee to his head was also a cheap shot and neal deserves suspension for that.

    • drone501 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      think thornton needs savarded next time these two teams play. im all for it.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        Wishing a career-ending and life-altering injury on a guy is unbelievably pathetic. Doesn’t help that you wrote that comment by smacking your forehead on your keyboard either.

    • drone501 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      you sound to me like typical boston scum. do you know anything about hockey or are you a drunk and live in a trailer park.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        There are no trailer parks in Boston so how does he live here if that’s the case?

        Step up your insults.

      • drewzducks - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        Sounds like you’ve been on the receiving of a few shots to the head yourself. Glad to hear it.

    • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      It’s another catastrophic 1 or 2 day (depending on how fast Thornton get’s suspended) injury to a Penguin.Funny how that happens a lot to 1 team.

  3. packerswin96 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Should be longest suspension ever in NHL, but being that he is a Bruin will most likely only get 5 games!!!

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      This is bad…. But this is not nearly as bad as when Todd Bertuzzi suckerpunched that Colorado player and drove his head into the ice.

      • ravenscaps48 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:25 PM

        Or does nobody remember what happened 9 years ago?

      • sabatimus - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        It might be as bad, depending on Orpik’s diagnosis and prognosis.

      • ravenscaps48 - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        He’s alert and with the team…. Steve Moore had a grade 3 concussion and 3 fractured vertebrae….. not even close.

    • packerswin96 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      ravenscaps48 do you remember 2 1/2 years ago when Chara got nothing? Bruin’s get away with everything because the old decrepit owner pays Bettman’s salary!

      • drewzducks - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        You’re either paranoid or a pathetic imbecile. I suspect you’re a little of both.

      • nhloon - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        What !? Gather yourself bud.

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:56 PM


    hockey night in canada ran the full incident…i’ve replayed it on super slo motion through my pvr played on a seventy five inch samsung led…

    crystal clear

    there’s nothing in it…orpik was not knocked out, in spite of the bleating by the women in these boards

    hazlydose, take some midol…it’ll help control your girlish hysterics and name calling

    then, piss off until you have anything meaningful to contribute

    • sabatimus - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Way to go, misogynist scum. Shut up while you’re behind.

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Unless he took a long hit off a bong there’s no other way to explain his glassy-eyes.

      I also didn’t call you any names above, my mistake. You’re an idiot and all your posts can be used as evidence.

  5. ironyisadeadscene - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I live in DC and orpik/Neal/Thornton are cowards…..discuss! Pens are inferior…

    • upyoursnfu - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Wow. That comment took a lot of inteligence.

    • drone501 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

      you know you are an idiot, right?

  6. sabatimus - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    I’m not seeing the words “has movement in all his extremities”. This has me very worried. Thornton isn’t known for doing crap like this, but I was so angry and disgusted that he did this. I’m thinking now that 10 games is too light.

    • terriers4 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      I agree with you, thought 10 games when it first happened but now more thinking in the 20-25 game range. But honestly who really knows, tough to predict suspensions with Shanahan

      • sabatimus - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        Totally. I have no idea what he’s going to rule. I honestly wouldn’t have a problem if Thornton were suspended for the rest of the season.

  7. pensman29 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Muckaflucka straight go die

  8. muckleflugga - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:23 PM


    the girls are out to bingo and the boys are gettin’ stinko,
    and we think no more of inco on a sudbury saturday night

    the glasses they will tinkle when our eyes begin to twinkle
    and we’ll think no more of inco on a sudbury saturday night

    we’ll drink the loot we borrowed and recuperate tomorrow
    ’cause everything is wonderful tonight, we had a good fight

    and everybody’s tickled, for it’s saturday tonight…

  9. muckleflugga - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    must have been serious, he’s released from hospital and cleared to travel with his team…


    • drone501 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      when i think of boston, i think of a lot of bad drunks.

      • nhloon - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Clearly you are highly educated.

    • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      another 1 or 2 day catastrophic injury to a Penguin,funny how that happens a lot?

  10. 7mantel - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Orpik is a cheap shot artist, got a taste of his own medicine !

  11. drewzducks - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    When all is said and done the better team won.

  12. Moop - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Orpik has been cleared to fly home with the Penguins. Glad that he’s okay.

    Unfortunately, Thornton likely won’t get as long of a suspension as everyone on this website seems to be hoping for and everyone will be upset.

  13. shaundre93 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    So let me get this straight…

    Orpik will fly with the team, appears to be ok. No reported injuries.

    Thornton immediately goes to the media, expresses his remorse and admits he made a mistake and will face the consequences.

    Eriksson has a concussion from a bad hit, probably out indefinitely

    Kelly got injured on a slash. Haven’t heard all the details but he wont be traveling with the team

    Neal blatantly knees marchand in the head. Says after the game,” What am I supposed to do? Skate around him?”

    Somehow through all of this the bruins are the scumbag team and the penguins are the victims?
    Doesn’t add up to me

    • shaundre93 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      Update: Chris Kelly broken ankle from Dupuis slash

      Please, I’d love to hear more about how the bruins were the dirty team last night…

    • seanobi - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      No it’s typical Pittsburgh whining and crying.Orpik will be hurt until Thornton suspension is given then he’ll make a remarkable recovery..

  14. sabatimus - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    I assume that since Orpik is flying with the team that he has feeling in his extremities and therefore is well enough to travel. I hope that’s the case.

  15. nhloon - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    DON’T POKE THE BEAR !!!!!!

  16. mountainmantride - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Like WWF, hockey’s a joke.

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