Penguins D Orpik placed on IR


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Updated: 12/09/2013 4:18 pm Published: 12/09/2013 4:18 pm


Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was placed on injured reserve after being taken off on a stretcher in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Orpik was grabbed from behind by Bruins forward Shawn Thornton and shoved to the ice during a scrum with 8:54 remaining in the first period. Thornton knocked the veteran blueliner unconscious after punching him in the head while on the ice.

The 33-year-old was taken off the ice in a stretcher and transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. Earlier in the game, Orpik threw a heavy hit that concussed Bruins forward Loui Eriksson.

Orpik has one goal and six assists in 30 games this season. The Penguins recalled defenseman Brian Dumoulin from Wilkes-Barre Scranton of the AHL to take his place.


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