After leaving on a stretcher in the first period of last night’s contest against the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Brooks Orpik is reportedly alert and conscious – according to Sam Kasan of the team’s website.
Orpik was also reportedly released from Massachusetts General Hospital and rejoined the team to travel back to Pittsburgh.
Orpik, who was amidst a group of players, was taken down by Bruins’ forward Shawn Thornton from behind and sequentially punched in the head twice while on the ice. The Pens’ blueliner laid motionless as the medical staff went to his aid.
There’s no clarification as to what Orpik may have suffered, but speculation is that he’s sustained a concussion. However, the mere fact that he was able to accompany the team back to Pittsburgh is definitely a good sign he isn’t severely injured.
Stay tuned for more updates towards Orpik’s prognosis.