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Orpik setback? Defenseman not out for second period (Updated)

May 7, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik returned to the lineup for Game 4 of their second round series against the New York Rangers, but it’s not clear when he’ll play again.

In his first period since April 23, Orpik logged 5:15 minutes, was on the ice for teammate Evgeni Malkin‘s goal, blocked two shots, and delivered two hits, including a particularly fierce one against Rangers forward Brad Richards.

That might be it though as Orpik wasn’t on the bench when the second period started. If he’s not able to return, the Penguins will be forced to use five defensemen for the remainder of the contest.

The 33-year-old defenseman might have suffered a setback, but that’s just speculation at this point. It’s worth noting though that he didn’t participate in a full practice before returning, per the Bergen Record’s Tom Gulitti.

Update: It looks like Orpik might have hurt his knee, which would be a new injury for him, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi.

Update 2: The Penguins have confirmed that Orpik’s current ailment is separate from his previous injury.

  1. 7mantel - May 7, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Karma !

  2. muckleflugga - May 7, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    the early scuttlebutt has it that brooks got wind of the fact shawn thornton’s year old sister was in the building

    time to get gone y’all, see ya back in the burgh

    bye bye

  3. muckleflugga - May 7, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    noooooo, wrong call

    in typical fashion, orpik was zeroing in on mats zuccarello’s numbers when mats saw him coming, then stuck his ass into orpik’s knee as he arrived

    bad habits breed contempt

    justice served

    • dropthepuckeh - May 8, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      Yep, pretty sure after this second “big hit” he saw the writing on the wall and remembered that some teams actually take exception to this stuff and removed himself from the game. Big boy Brooksie

      • hockey412 - May 8, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        All cool – as long as those teams that ‘take exception’ to big hits don’t actually dish out any big hits. Otherwise, they’re just a bunch of hypocritical whiners.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        No whining here. Dish it and take it. Not Brooksie’s game obviously but a lot of other stand up guys in the league. You see how quickly he ran to the bench again when people started milling about after the hit. Fear is a great motivator.

  4. getinthefastlane - May 7, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Kinda sad but if this is bad, that could have been his last shift in a Pen’s uniform.

    Hope he is ok.

  5. mikemj - May 8, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    A coward, the NHL would be better without him.

    • hockey412 - May 8, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      Orpik is one of the hardest working, hardest hitting Dmen in the league, who has the GUTS to openly talk about his dislike of fighting and even displays his ‘hit me legally, or go home’ attitude on the ice when it receives criticism from the likes of Bostom scum and Mike Milbury…YOU have about as much guts as it takes to take a break from watching your porn in a dark room and anonymously post critcisms about a man that could literally break you in two.

      Who’s the coward?

      • hockey412 - May 8, 2014 at 8:35 AM

        Oh wait…I just realized your name….mikem…Milbury is that you?

  6. adamdep211rukus211 - May 8, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Man I wish it was brooksy who is gonna level stall out in the third of game 5 for all the dirty plays on Sid.glad the pens are waiting though and playing it smart.

  7. jaybaileys - May 8, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Not sure what the huge rush to get him back in was. They just pitched two shutouts.

  8. bhunter47 - May 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    After the series that Bortuzzo had up to last night, I couldn’t understand why they would take a risk bringing back Orpik.

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