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by Paul on 04/27/11 at 07:32 PM ET
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Brooks Orpik, in his first public statements regarding the accusation from Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher he either poked or gouged the eyes of ightning star Steven Stamkos, called the accusation “disappointing and childish.”
“It’s disappointing,” Orpik told the St. Petersburg Times and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after the Penguins’ morning skate before Wednesday’s Game 7 at the Consol Energy Center. “I didn’t hear about it until this morning. It’s disappointing. You try to play against their skill guys as hard as you can, try to make it miserable for them. But it’s kind of a childish accusation, kind of a little wrestling match on the ground with a couple of headlocks. I don’t know where that came from.”
The alleged incident took place early in the third period of Monday’s Game 6 during a scrum in front of the Penguins net. Stamkos came out of the pile “fired up,” as he has said, and still was clearly agitated after the game. There was no penalty on the play, and Stamkos did not immediately address the confrontation, though Boucher said he saw it. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman indicated he spoke to the league about the incident, but the league took no action.
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