PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brooks Orpik was trying to be physical. Yet the instant the Washington Capitals defenseman made contact with Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta's head early in Game 2 on Saturday night, Orpik knew he had crossed a sometimes vague line between aggressive and illegal.
The NHL suspended Orpik three games for what director of player safety Patrick Burke described the hit as "forceful, unacceptably high and excessively late."
Looking back, Orpik can't help but agree.
"It was a bad hit," Orpik said Monday. "It was intended to be a hard hit, definitely not at his head but I don't think there is anything that you can argue that...