Penguins' Orpik taken from ice on stretcher

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm •  Published: December 7, 2013
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BOSTON (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was expected to travel home with the team after being taken off the ice on a stretcher after being pulled down and punched by Boston's Shawn Thornton in the opening period of Saturday's 3-2 loss.

The club said on its Twitter site that he "returned from the hospital and will be traveling with the team back to Pittsburgh."

During the game, the Penguins said on their site that he was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where "he is alert and conscious."

It happened in a wild sequence of events. Boston's Brad Marchand was injured on the other end when Thornton came skating up quickly from center ice and grabbed Orpik from behind, knocking him down backward before punching him.

Thornton, dressed in a suit and speaking very quietly in front of his locker after the game, said he was "sorry" for what happened.

"It's hard for me to talk about right now. I can't say I'm sorry enough. I'm sure I'll be criticized, but it's true," he said. "I felt awful. It wasn't my intention. I know Brooksie. I've gotten to know him the last seven years here. I skated with him during the lockout. I texted him a couple of times. It's not what I wanted to see or anyone to see."

In TV replays, it appeared that Orpik didn't move after taking the punch. He also appeared hit his head on the ice when he fell. Thornton was given a match penalty.

Thornton has a hearing with the NHL.

"I hope he's doing all right," Thornton. "I heard he's conscious and talking and I'm happy about that."

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Orpik has a concussion.

"I think he was out on the ice for a period of time," Bylsma said. "So I think that means he's got a concussion, for sure."

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