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Brooks Orpik injury update

Brooks Orpik injury update

Brooks Orpik hasn’t played since December 7. On that night, Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins pulled the hard-hitting defenseman down from behind and cold-cocked him in the head twice. Orpik was taken off the ice on a stretcher and Thornton was suspended for 15 games following the incident.

The defender has passed concussion protocol according to Shelly Anderson of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Orpik spoke to the Gazette  about the injury and had this to say about the recovery:

The first two, three days were pretty miserable, really just bad headaches, memory loss of the game itself.  I got through that and feel pretty good today. I’m just kind of going from there.

Orpik is now aiming to return following the NHL’s winter break.

That will be a big boost for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as they’ve been without five of their top six defensemen since Orpik went down on the seventh. They’re still among the best teams in the NHL despite the long list of injuries, and they’ll only continue to get better as they get healthy bodies back on the blue line.

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