Injury woes continue to be a major storyline for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. This time it’s Brooks Orpik going on the IR after he was hauled down from behind and punched twice in the head by Shawn Thornton on Saturday night. Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being knocked unconscious by Thornton.
There’s really no excuse for Thornton’s actions here, regardless of who you cheer for on any given night.
Just saw a replay. Shawn Thornton yanked Orpik to the ice and then punched him twice in the head when he was down. Knocked him out cold
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) December 8, 2013
Thornton won’t face his in-person hearing until the middle of this week. Meanwhile, the Penguins are going to have to move forward without Orpik in the lineup for the foreseeable future.
Penguins recall D Brian Dumoulin from Wilkes-Barre and place Orpik on injured-reserve.
— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) December 9, 2013
In a related move, Pittsburgh recalled defenseman Brian Dumoulin from the AHL to fill in. The Penguins are badly beaten up on the blue line at this point, and now are without three of their top four defensemen. Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi are both already injured, and the Penguins’ organizational depth is being put to the test in a big way right now.