Nov 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) handles the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Brooks Orpik Doesn't Remember Anything Past Anthem

 

Pittsburgh Penguins’ General Manager Ray Shero reportedly said that defenseman Brooks Orpik cannot remember what happened after the National Anthem in Saturday’s ugly match with the Boston Bruins – according to Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

Rosen also reported that Shero said Orpik is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms:

Orpik, who was carried off on a stretcher after being punched twice in the head by Bruins’ forward Shawn Thornton, was placed on injured reserve yesterday and there’s not timetable for his return.

The fact that Orpik can’t even recall what took place following the opening ceremonies to Saturday’s tilt is scary. Laying motionless on the ice for roughly ten minutes, it also doesn’t come as a surprise he fails to remember the incident – but half a period? That’s hard to digest.

The good news is that Orpik was not severely injured on the play, but for how long he will be out of commission is unclear. Hopefully, the longtime Pens’ blueliner won’t have a lengthy IR stint; however, with concussions you never really can tell when they player is fully healed.

 

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