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Video: Bruins’ Eriksson suffers concussion after Orpik hit

Dec 7, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

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Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson suffered a concussion after he took an open-ice hit from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman just 11 seconds into Saturday’s game, according to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe.

The hit occurred as the puck was coming around the sideboards. Orpik pinched off the point and hit Eriksson just as he had turned his body back up ice. Eriksson left the game and did not return.

Orpik was not assessed a penalty on the play.

That touched a dirty opening period, in which Orpik was later taken off the ice on a stretcher after he was taken to the ice and punched multiple times by Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton.

Thornton, who had previously challenged Orpik to a fight, was assessed a match penalty. He also has a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety – a fact he confirmed after the game.

  1. cheetah440 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    just another Bruin concussed by a cheap shot Penguin. How many more?

    • lindbergh9 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Can’t take a clean hit baby bruin – oh that’s right, you don’t know what a clean hit is-so true. You will be without COWARD Thornton for a few weeks!!! Gonna love that!!!

      • atteckus - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        First of all, the hit was completely illegal because Eriksson never came in contact with the puck, nor even attempted to obtain possession of it. By rule, it was interference.

        Second, it was not clean at all. There was a defenseless player (albeit in part, that defenselessness was primarily his own fault) who was predatorily hit by a player who was (or should have been) fully aware of the play going on before his eyes, and that predator made the principal point of contact the head of the defenseless player. Orpik even left his feet to ensure his shoulder made contact with Eriksson’s head. Orpik deserves a 10 game suspension for this. And for being such a puss-in-skates, he deserved to leave on a stretcher.

      • roaddemon2000 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        @atteckus – You are living in some sort of fantasy land. Watch the video again and say “Erikkson didn’t touch the puck” and “Orpik left his feet”. You are simply wrong. It was a clean hit. And no, I’m not a penguins fan. I think Lemieux was the biggest whiner in the history of the game. I think Cooke should have been banned for life several years ago.

        What everyone keeps forgetting is that hockey is a dangerous physical game. There is such a thing as a brutal clean hit. It makes me sad that people like you are trying so hard to remove hitting from the game. Kind of like the hit on Gronk this weekend. That was an awesome defensive play that had awful consequences (I am a patriots fan). I don’t want that removed from the game, or they might as well just turn it into flag football.

    • pens5829 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      From this statement, I’ll assume you’ve been concussed more than once.

      • drewzducks - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        cheetah440 is Sidney ? Who knew ? Are the Pens gonna blame Thornton, Chara, Marchand, et al for tonight’s last minute collapse ? Or are they gonna throw their always fragile minded goalie ?

      • drewzducks - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        …under the bus.

    • joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Wow! If you call a body check a cheap shot what do you call what Thronton did to Orpik?

      • theskinsman - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Justice.

      • joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Justice! Vigilanty! Mob style! Even the courts have trouble getting it right. I suppose you believe Moore deserved the justice inflicted upon him by Bertuzzi. Hockey career and quality of life cut short for the sake of retributive justice. You must be a racist too considering your logo.

      • atteckus - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Yeah, its vigilante style justice. What of it? Perhaps the Pens and the rest of the NHL should make sure to not hit B’s players in the head. Cuz if you do, you’ll be leaving on a stretcher too.

      • joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        Wooooooooooooo! You’re a mean one. Big bad boy! Scary stuff, dudette.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Text book hit – keep your head up Louie!

  2. sjsharks66 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Hit right in the chest. Did he hit his head on the ice? That hit was a perfect and clean hockey hit. Neals and Thorntons action were not clean.

    • cheetah440 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM

      Out your glasses on you dope.

    • shaundre93 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      So where was the puck? Did Eriksson play the puck and somehow we all missed it? I didn’t know you could obliterate any player who almost plays the puck. The hit is not dirty because of point of contact, its dirty because he lit up a defenseless player who never touched the puck!

  3. madtolive5 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Thanks for posting the video cam.
    Only took 3 hours!!!

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    six games to orpik…

    four for the lethal contact on a vulnerable player who had yet to touch the puck

    and two for being a drama queen milking the circumstances in the moment to avoid a public lynching

    no shame

    • Tyler - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      #OrpikStrong

  5. mislysbb - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Oh my…injuries being dished out left and right. Orpik gives Eriksson a concussion (clean hit or not…the guy still has a concussion), Thornton becomes brainless for 5 minutes and goes after Orpik, and Kelly has a lower body injury from a slash. Ouch. Boychuk, McQuaid, Thornton, Eriksson, Kelly…Bruins will be hurting these next few days. Won’t be a fun road trip, that’s for sure.
    And thumb me down all you want, but Neal’s response to kneeing Marchand makes him look like a fool. Yeah, I get that it’s Marchand of all players, but it’s still a dangerous and stupid move (like the Thornton move).

  6. 7mantel - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Orpik has gotten away with hits like that his whole career !

    • drone501 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      usually good hard clean open ice hits.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Players have been getting away with good clean hits like that for a very long long time.

    • Jason Boucher - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      Pittsburgh is the dirtiest team in NHL.

  7. pens5829 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Also fail to mention yet another dirty hit by Marchand trying to take out Kunitz knee. Exactly why he’s one of the biggest POS’s in the league. Thornton just jumped up there near top of that list.

  8. muckleflugga - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    sjsharks66

    not to be rude, but i have to ask: have you ever played competitive contact hockey with referees and linesmen

    two things happen when you drill a guy who has yet to touch a puck…

    if seen, you’ll be penalized according to the force of your hit and the extent of your opponent’s vulnerability. in minor hockey, you’d likely be ejected

    if not ejected, your opposing team, to a man, will proceed through the remainder of the game with your death in their eyes

    unless something’s changed, orpik’s hit was a gutless attack on a smaller and vulnerable player looking back for the puck

    clean hockey hit…get real my friend

    • joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      C’mon! Watch the replay closely with no prejudice and bias and you’ll see that Orpik’s hit was well timed. The puck actually touches Eriksson’s stick before the contact. To me it was like a safety hitting a pass receiver just when he get’s his hands on the ball, and the impact causes the player to drop the ball. Players are taught, and I think you should know this if you played competitive hockey, that the moment you touch the puck you are susceptible to being body checked. You are also taught not to skate with your head between your legs, and to look behind you to take a pass when you’re skating in the opposite direction. Especially when you are hovering close to the blue line and at center ice.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      muckleflugga – What women’s league are you affiliated with?

      Players who may not have touched the puck get hit every game, no penalty. In this case though Eriksson actually touched the puck. First bias point for you.

      This isn’t minor hockey – it’s the NHL – keep your chin up.

      You’ve also pointed out a huge shortcoming with the Bruins – revenge in their eyes because of a clean hit. Bunch of sissies don’t like being checked.

  9. ironyisadeadscene - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Pens are inferior. Learn to take a hit orpik…the good we can take out of this is maybe orpik got the sweep by the bruins knocked out of his memory

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Actually, the Bruins appear to be inferior – a bunch of them haven’t learned to skate with their head up.

      Learn to take a hit Louie, but keep your chin up in the meantime.

  10. ryanw822 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Glass Jaw Orpik

  11. hazlydose - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    It was charging/interference, but the head was not the principle point of contact. Probably a game or two, but the league may give him a pass because of the Thornton incident.

    • drewzducks - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Yeah, that’s good reasoning. What’s wrong with adding insult to injury ?

    • hazlydose - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      I don’t think he should get a pass for it, but the league will probably give him one.

    • joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Charging…. yeah! a whole 2 feet worth. Orpik was a couple of feet inside the blue line and Eriksson was about five feet from the blue line when Orpik coasted into Eriksson. BTW, why was Eriksson looking back when he was so high in the d zone? Every d men would have done the same. You could argue that at the very least it was a clean hit with a bad result. Was the head targeted and was it the principal point of contact?

  12. micasa81 - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Not being a Pens fan, I don’t see Orpik play a lot, but I know that he’s generally regarded as one of the best hitters in the league. Looking at this hit, I can see why. I honestly see nothing illegal about it. He was coasting well before contact. His elbow is completely tucked, and while there may be some contact to the head (it’s tough to see from that video), it was certainly not targeted, nor was it the principal point of contact. People are saying that Eriksson didn’t have the puck, but my understanding of the meaning of “possession” is that it doesn’t have to literally be on your stick for you to be considered the player in possession of the puck. That puck went riiiight by Eriksson’s stick, and might have even grazed it. A fraction of a second later, Orpik lowered the boom. The case for an interference call there is shaky at best. So what do you call it, if not interference? I call it a nasty, but legal, check.

    Loui, best wishes for a full recovery and no long-term health effects. You’re one of the best guys in the game right now.

  13. jaguar0413 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    SMH at these comments from Pens and Bruins fans. Why can’t you realize that both teams are incredibly dirty and deliberately try to injure opponents? How many times per year will we (the rest of hockey fandom) have to sit here and laugh at you before you realize how incredibly dirty your teams are?

    Chara/Pacioretty
    Marchand/Salo
    Lucic/Miller

    Cooke/Savard
    Crosby/Schenn/Giroux
    Neal/Giroux

    And those are just a sample. Both teams suck and deserve major suspensions. Neither team is worth rooting for if you like hockey.

    • mp1131211 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:28 AM

      This is so true

  14. steelcity622 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Wouldn’t be an issue if the little lady could take a hit. Now we’re victimizing players for being unable to take a legal hit? Just admit that you’re too weak to take a professional check, crawl back to the bench and hang your head.

    • mislysbb - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      Seriously dude?

      • steelcity622 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        It might be the liquor but I am serious.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Righteous about being too weak to take a professional check, crawl back to the bench and hang your head.

      Here, Marchand demonstrates for you – and another example of the Bruins can’t take a hit, so they goon it up after a clean hammering.

  15. muckleflugga - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    micasa81

    it was always my understanding a player being hit had to have actually touched the puck, or just surrendered possession, within reason

    the rule:

    Possession of the Puck: The last player to touch the puck, other than the goalkeeper, shall be considered the player in possession. The player deemed in possession of the puck may be checked legally, provided the check is rendered immediately following his loss of possession.

    see further discussion on the hotly debated gryba hit where eller had actually touched the puck before being smoked:

    http://www.arcticicehockey.com/2013/5/3/4298526/NHL-lars-eller-eric-gryba-interference-possession

    • micasa81 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      Well, let me preface this by saying that I watched the play again, and I’m now convinced that he did touch the puck. It was a crisp outlet pass, and once it passes by Eriksson’s stick, you can see that it’s going more slowly and fluttering. Watch it again and tell me if you don’t see what I’m talking about.

      But regardless of whether he touched it or not, what does one do in Orpik’s situation? It looks for all the world like that’s Eriksson’s puck, right up until the moment it passes by his stick. I don’t pretend to know how the refs are instructed to call these situations, but just considering the overall purpose of a body check in hockey, it seems to me that this is not a situation where the hitter is guilty of interference.

    • micasa81 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      After replying, I read the article you linked to, and it’s definitely a good discussion. I’m skeptical, though, that we can eliminate this very dangerous situation from the game without radically changing the degree to which body contact plays a role in hockey. Can you envision an alternate scenario here where the defender is still able to use his body to separate the attacker from the puck, and do so in a way that is guaranteed to be safe? I can’t. How does Orpik do his job as a defender if he has to wait to see if Eriksson is going to gain full control of the puck, then wait for him to turn his head so he can be ready for the hit?

      TSN had their own analysis of the Gryba-Eller hit, and I’m pretty much in agreement with the talking heads there:

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Correct, by rule, as you stated, Eriksson was the guy in possession.

      You also correctly point out the check was rendered IMMEDIATELY following his loss of possession but before his loss of consciousness.

      I think you’re finally starting to figure it out.

  16. sixchr - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Let me start by saying I’m a Bruins fan. The hit is close and you could argue a decent case either way in this incident… but the hit was clean. Orpik was bracing for a big hit and Eriksson turned up ice at the last second. You could argue that it was an interference penalty but that’s really it. It’s not like Orpik stuck out an elbow or left his feet or something like that and clearly targeted the head.

    • steelcity622 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      It’s not even close. The puck hits his stick, he gets blown up and can’t handle it. Boo hoo, you had a concussion earlier this season. Get off the ice if you can’t take a LEGAL hit by a real man, damn baby.

  17. irokkit - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    @ jagiar014

    I suggest trying to graduate elementary school. Maybe you’ll make it on your 4th try.

    Good luck

    Ps. Please don’t reproduce. Thank you.

    • jaguar0413 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      Incorrect. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul.

      P.S. If you’re going to make fun of me, at least take the time to spell my name correctly.

  18. irokkit - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I know right

    Oops, looks like I failed elementary school too.

  19. muckleflugga - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    micasa81

    i think it comes down to difference in playing the puck or taking possession and making a meaningful hockey move with the puck

    simply chipping the puck forward or redirecting it to a teammate with one touch is hardly possession, and the rules on body checking speak to possession; hence, need to separate player from puck with body check

    i see a puck that went off the boards behind eriksson, causing him to wheel to his left in an attempt to pull the errant puck into an area where he might gain possession…he never came close to touching the puck in any view i’ve seen

    orpik saw the entire play unfold in front of him, knew eriksson was vulnerable, but rocked him when he was still bringing his head around after missing the pass. orpik showed absolutely no respect for eriksson in delivering a hellacious and gutless hit…

    gutless because eriksson had no chance to defend himself. when it came time for orpik to defend himself, he turtled to his own embarrassment and to the embarrassment of the game itself [ the guinness book of world records are scrambling to see if it's the most sustained and dramatic turtle to date ]

    orpik’s type of play is part of the causal chain supporting and nurturing violence in the game…i view his play to be the play of a coward masquerading as one of the game’s toughs. scarier still, he’s not alone…

    so, how does a defensemen make an adjustment in these circumstances…by having surveyed the incoming player and play, adjusting his position to sandbag the incoming contact, then wheeling in time to run the player off

    intelligence and anticipation versus stupidity augmented by compensatory goonery

    the fact of the matter is, orpik had deadly intent and followed through…none of his actions have anything to do with the spirit of body checking or hockey itself. it’s all about intimidation and delivering physical harm, hockey was the last thing on his mind

    how many times did nick lidstrom or chris chelios for that matter, ever step-up on a vulnerable player. yet both both were masters at their craft and had hall of fame careers

    orpik will be remembered for anything but classy respectful play…

    brooks the turtle

    • micasa81 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      You’re bringing in other things to the discussion besides the legality of the hit here. If you want to talk about what a player is obligated to answer for after delivering a hit, that’s another discussion. I personally disagree that there needs to be some “answering of the bell” for things like that. Do all guys who deliver big hits have to fight everyone that comes asking? Does Kronwall? If you want to talk about deadly intent, you should probably include the after-the-whistle antics as well. I realize that you think Orpik was faking his injury when Thornton mugged him, but you’re in a tiny minority on that one, and really, we don’t have to look at this particular outcome to see that in many instances the after-the-whistle activity is far more malicious than what happens during the play.

      As for the hit itself, understand that I’m not dead set against the league trying to get rid of those types of hits. But I disagree with your take on the situation, primarily because hockey is a constant game of anticipation about what an opposing player is going to do with the puck. My view of Orpik’s decision is that he saw a dangerous forward about to receive a clean outlet pass at speed. You see that happening, you’ve got to act decisively, and if you only go for the puck, you are setting yourself up to get burned. It’s all well and good to say after the fact that Orpik was being opportunistic because the puck only grazed Eriksson’s stick, but as I’ve said before, it looked for all the world like he was going to be in full possession of that puck, ready to pull it around the defender, or chip it off the boards and blow by him, or whatever other play you can imagine to get himself home free on the rush.

      Are there great defensemen who were less crushing hitters? Absolutely. There was also Scott Stevens or Larry Robinson. As I said before, I’m all ears to hear arguments for rules that lessen the severity of hits in these situations – I really don’t like seeing people’s eggs get scrambled, even on legal plays – but how do you word the rules such that defenders are allowed to deliver “pretty big hits” but not “bone-crushing hits”?

  20. steelers88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    I can honestly say that I think I hate the Bruins more than the Flyers which is saying something.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      mukkleflugga sure makes that easy.

      The amount of whining she’s doing on these articles is incredible.

  21. dtownbeatdown - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    It is the Pittsburgh factor in action… Orpik, Neal, and Thornton should all be suspended. But only Thornton will be severely suspended by that play dead act Orpik did. I have no dog in the fight but I hate Pittsburgh players and fans alike and their self entitled ways.

    Thorntons play was dirty… but so was orpik. Eriksson did not have control of the puck… therefore that is a penalty… but again the Pittsburgh factor in effect.

    And Neal took a solid kneel to marchunds face. Another player who is good at milking it as well… but still uncalled for.

    By the way orpik left on the teams plane last night… id say he is fine.

  22. steelers88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Dtownbeatdown.
    Why don’t you look at yourself in the mirror before you criticize other fanbases. Boston fans are the most arrogant entitled fans I have ever seen. Also Boston and their fans are the most classless fans I have ever seen. Yes even worse than Philadelphia. LETS GO BUCS! LETS GO PENS! HERE WE GO STEELERS! LETS GO PITTSBURGH!!!!

    • nhronin - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      That’s laughable. The Steelers have the most entitled fans in the NFL, it’s not even close. They think because they won something back in the 70s it makes them better than everyone else. Nothing we love back here in New England than to watch the Patriots destroy the Steelers so we can see the empty stands at Heinz Stadium in the fourth quarter.

      As for the Pens, they are a dirty team and I’m glad the Bruins finally decided to take matters into their own hands. Pittsburgh ruined the career of two Boston greats in Cam Neely and Marc Savard and I’m glad a Bruins player finally stepped up and answered the bell.

  23. steelers88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Dtownbeatdown.
    If all the Boston fans would have handled this with a little class I wouldn’t be so upset. Some of the Boston fans were classy. I’m done rooting for Boston in any sport. Classless city ever! STAY CLASSY BOSTON!

    • nhronin - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Oh no, a Pittsburgh fan stopped rooting for our teams. Whatever shall we do!!!!

  24. nhronin - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    If Princess Sydney had taken a hit like Eriksson, all of Pittsburgh would be screaming for a lifetime ban. Orpik left his feet and should be suspended too.

    • zico25 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Orpik’s feet left the ice AFTER he connected with Eriksson. Apparently a lot of people hear that description, and completely misinterpret the rule.

      It’s if the player’s feet leave the ice to ‘launch’ themselves into the opposing player, that then the hit is illegal. Orpik doesn’t launch. His feet only leave the ice as he and Eriksson both fall to the ice after the fact.

  25. irokkit - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Steelers88

    I think your last post is a contradick-tion.
    I AM BOSTON BORN AND BREED!!!!!
    You call fans in other cities (which you probably know none of) arrogant…and then you criticize and condemn those same people for routing whole heartedly for their team. As you defend your own team with blind devotion.
    Anybody else find fault with this guy????
    All of your posts that I have read are shallow, un-insightful, non-factual and and most importantly benign. I’d like to see you say something that would be interesting and productive. Add to the wonderful beloved sport of Hockey please.

    Last nights game sucked. To many quality…yeah, quality players did too many stupid things!!!!
    “The little ball of Hate” is a very aggressive, talented tremendous hockey player. Sure, he has a bit of the Napoleon Syndrome surfacing. But, he steps up when challenged. He may not fight George Parros or Colton Orr, but he’d fight Suban. I hear plenty of you guys saying “Thornton is a goon for trying to fight an unwilling combatant” and then the same people say “Marchand is a ****** and he is a ******** for not fighting”
    WHAAAAAAAT? REALLY?

    Thornton is also a very valuable and skilled player. Before yesterday, he is widely considered one of the premier 4th line players who occasionally players 2nd and 3rd line rolls briefly.
    Neal on the other hand is considered (to which I agree) a skilled offense threat night in and night out. He is a goal scorer. He is a first line player. He IS all of those things. He is a gifted forward. Etc, etc…
    Somebody tell me why a player gets less responsibility for his actions them others???
    Steelers88, you talk like a teacher that praises the challenged student (d-grades) and demeans the intelligent student (a+grades) because his nose runs in class.

  26. bruins4ever - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more stupid explanation of a dirty hit as what Neal has to say about Kneeing Marchand. This guy obviously doesn’t have respect for any body else on the ice. “he would never try to injure any body” well you took a look at Marchand on the ice, skated toward him and leaned your knee into his head. That pretty much looks like you intened to injure him!!

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      And Thornton’s dirty intentional slew foot from behind on Orpik shows what kind of respect?

  27. steelers88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Nhorin.
    So your saying that an incident that happened in the 90’s effected last nights game? And Matt Cooke’s hit effected last nights game? Last time I checked Ulf Samuelson and Matt Cooke weren’t on this team.

  28. nhronin - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Thornton was there for the Cooke hit. I’m saying the Bruins are tired of Pittsburgh trying to end careers of their players.

    What Neal did was 100X worse than Thornton. Someone on the Bruins should have beaten the bag out of him too.

  29. steelers88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Irokkit.
    All the Boston fans that I have ran into have been arrogant they seem to me like they feel entitled to something. I know Pittsburgh fans can sometimes be arrogant to. The thing about Pittsburgh and Boston is that they are both hard-nosed working cities. They both have won multiple championships in many sports. That’s why I think they clash so so much. However I never said you can’t root for your team. I would never want that to happen to you. I don’t think that hit was dirty what Orpik did also Orpik is not much of a fighter. My feeling is that the Penguins knew that Boston was going to come out last night and play with emotion and try to make a statement. I think the Penguins just beat them to the punch. No pun intended.

  30. steelers88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Nhronin.
    Are you high?! What Thorton did was WAY worse! Thorton slew footed Orpik and the when Orpik was down he hit punched him twice in the face he knocked Orpik out cold! Like I said before Orpik is not a fighter. All Neal did was knee Marchand in the back of the head! What Neal did was not right. He should be punished. But what Thorton did was 100 times worse. All Thorton proved was how much of a sissy he is hitting a guy when his down. Good job Thorton you were a real man last night.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Neal can be excused because his hit was on Marchand.

    • nhronin - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Thornton gave him a few glove hands to the face that when Orpik’s head was about six inches off the ground. No way was Orpik that badly hurt especially since he got on a plane and flew home. Theatrics was all that was going on there.

      As for the Pens, I’m hoping someone drills Cindy as hard as Eriksson got it and we’ll hear Pens’ fans screaming for a lifetime ban. Frauds.

  31. rusty71 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    HaHa …. keep ur head up ? This coming from the fans of Sidney the Concussion Queen ? I find that humorous

  32. bullwinkle88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    This is all Eriksson’s fault. The guy has got to learn not to skate out of his zone with his head down.

    First is was Scott’s hit on him and now Orpik’s. Both hits were clean.

    This guy just asks for it…keep your head up or join a non-contact league.

  33. Jason Boucher - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    The Pittsburgh Penguins are the dirtiest team in the NHL. It’s a known fact… ask the players.

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