Brooks Orpik sustained a concussion when Shawn Thornton pulled him down from behind and punched him in the head twice on Saturday night. That news isn’t particularly surprising. The Pittsburgh Penguins placed the concussed defender on the IR yesterday, and general manager Ray Shero spoke to the media last night, updating Orpik’s condition in the process.
Dan Rosen from NHL.com quoted Shero:
He’s resting. It’s one of those things probably, with a concussion, that we’re going to have to wait and see and kind of see how he reacts. Right now [he's] really not doing too much, just resting.
Shero also revealed that Orpik doesn’t remember anything that happened on Saturday night after the National Anthem. Head coach Dan Bylsma told the Assocaited Press that Orpik was out cold for “30 seconds or more” following Thornton’s sucker punch(es), so the fact that the defenseman can’t remember much isn’t shocking. Just alarming.
All indications point to Orpik doing well considering, but there is no time-table for his return yet.
The Penguins played their first full contest without the 33-year-old last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets and managed to come away with a 2-1 victory. They don’t play again until Friday night, when the New Jersey Devils come to Pittsburgh.