Penguins D Orpik leaves game on stretcher

Updated: December 7, 2013

Boston, MA ( – Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik
left Staurday’s game against the Bruins on a stretcher.

During a scrum which was created by a clipping penalty to Boston’s Brad
Marchand and kneeing call to Pittsburgh’s James Neal with 8:54 remaining in
the first period, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton grabbed Orpik from
behind and punched him twice, the second time as the veteran blueliner was on
the ice.

Medical personnel were immediately summoned, and the 33-year-old was
completely immobilized before being loaded onto a stretcher and taken to a
local hospital for evaluation.

Earlier in the contest, Orpik levelled Bruins forward Loui Eriksson with a
hard but clean check.

The Boston College product has one goal and six assists in 30 games this
season, his 11th NHL campaign.

Thornton was given a match penalty for his effort.