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The Bad Hit By Brooks Orpik

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

I couldn’t believe Orpik — one of the great teammates in any sport — letting down his Washington Capitals guys. He will miss the next three games of the Penguins-Capitals playoff series after being suspended for his elbow-to-the-head hit on Maatta early in Game 2. His absence will be a severe blow to the Capitals defense. They are a much lesser team without him.

I also thought about how hypocritical so many of us are. We are outraged that Orpik did that to Maatta, who could miss significant time with an apparent head injury, and wanted the NHL to come down on him even harder. Yet we loved Orpik when he delivered those dangerous hits when he played for the Penguins. It was perfectly fine that he delivered borderline-to-dirty hits to Erik Cole, Derek Stepan and Jonathan Toews — among others — and had been suspended twice. It was good, hard hockey, right? Of course, we loved Ulf Samuelsson and Darius Kasparaitis, too. It didn’t matter to us that they were dirty players. They played for the home team.

Orpik should be ashamed of himself for that hit on Maatta.

We should be ashamed of ourselves for our sanctimoniousness.

I’m not sure who should be more embarrassed.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
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Comments

Savage Henry's avatar

So much truth here.

Posted by Savage Henry on 05/02/16 at 09:16 AM ET

WingsFanInBeanLand's avatar

When does Letang get back from his suspension from the crosscheck/slash to Stalberg’s face?

Oh that’s right…

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from where free agents no longer dare. on 05/02/16 at 10:59 AM ET

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