Brooks Orpik and the Carolina Hurricanes stopped getting along around the time he plastered Erik Cole from behind and broke his neck. Naturally, on a night that was generally bad for the NHL’s young stars (See: Hall, Taylor) Orpik played against the Hurricanes and angered a fan base once again. Well, angered the ones who lasted after the heart attack.
On this night, Orpik caught the Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner crossing centre ice with his head down (sort of) while he was reaching to play a puck in front of the benches. The impact resulted in a fair amount of pain for Skinner who appeared to be knocked out for a moment and left the game. Orpik was penalized on the play for interference even though, as I see it, Skinner was making a play on the puck.
Here’s the play.
As far as I’m concerned, this is a clean hit on a good player which is part of the game. Skinner has a concussion history which makes this scary, but at the same time I fail to see any attempt by Orpik to do anything but lay a good hit on him.