Dec 7, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) is tended to by medical personnel after being injured during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Brooks Orpik leaves game after sucker punch from Shawn Thronton

On Saturday night in Boston, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman and alternate captain Brooks Orpik left the game on a stretcher after a confrontation with Bruins forward Shawn Thornton. Here it is:

Play had been stopped as a result of a delayed penalty, after Sidney Crosby slew-footed Brad Marchand. Once the whistle had been blown, a scrum ensued, during which Shawn Thornton and Brooks Orpik exchanged words before Thornton threw Orpik down to the ice and repeatedly punched him in the head while he was in a vulnerable position. Orpik stayed down on the ice, motionless for over a minute before the stretcher was brought out and carried off the ice. Neither Orpik or Thornton returned to the game, as Orpik was taken to a local hospital and Thornton was handed a game misconduct. Expect to hear more about this incident in the near future, particularly from Brendan Shanahan, director of player safety, who could very well be handing Thornton a lengthy suspension. Thornton has never been suspended during the 521 games he’s played in his career, despite his role as an enforcer.

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