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:
Shero said Orpik doesn’t remember anything that happened after the anthem Saturday night. He’s doing OK, resting, has headaches, neck ache.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) December 10, 2013
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.