Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward James Neal could also be facing supplemental discipline for a kneeing incident on Boston Bruins’ forward Brad Marchand.
The incident occurs about five seconds into the video below. Marchand is tripped up, and while he’s on the ice, Neal skates by and looks to intentionally clip Marchand with his knee.
Neal was assessed only a minor penalty for kneeing. He came out of the box and scored seven seconds after his penalty expired to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead in the first period.
Immediately after the whistle, a scrum ensued in the Pittsburgh zone. It was then that Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton took Brooks Orpik to the ice and threw multiple punches, resulting in the Penguins’ defenseman being taken off the ice on a strether.
Brooks Orpik was stretchered off the ice in the first period of Saturday’s game between his Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins.
Orpik was grabbed by Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton, taken down to the ice and punched in the head, including when the Penguins’ defenseman was on the ice. The incident occurred during a scrum, after Penguins’ forward James Neal had been called for kneeing.
On the first shift of the game, Orpik delivered a hard open-ice hit on Bruins’ forward Loui Eriksson, who left the game and will not be returning. Thornton challenged Orpik to a fight immediately after his hit on Eriksson, and Orpik continued with his shift.
Thornton received a match penalty, and could be facing further disciplinary action from the National Hockey League.
Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson took a heavy hit from Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik and went off to the dressing room.
The hit occurred early in the first period between these two Eastern Conference powerhouses.
The 28-year-old Eriksson has five goals and 14 points in 23 games in his first season with the Bruins.
Updated: Eriksson will not return to the game, as per the Bruins’ official Twitter account.