Jonathan Toews was hurt by the hit above and did not return to the game on Sunday night. And, contrary to what the broadcast crew may have said immediately following the play, leaving your feet is not a clean hit.
Brooks Orpik has done this before and will probably do it again. As Mike Milbury said after the game, Orpik has never answered the bell for one of his cheap shots. Sunday night was no different, and the Pens skated away with a 4-1 win.
Sheldon Brookbank scored his second goal of the year to account for the Blackhawks offense. James Neal and Lee Stempniak scored in the first period and Sidney Crosby scored twice in the third (one into an empty net) for Pittsburgh’s offense in the game.
Unfortunately, the final score on Sunday night means little in light of the injury to Chicago’s captain.
Orpik’s history was chronicled by NBC SportsNet after the game while Milbury presented the list of dirty plays in Orpik’s history. Earlier this year he injured Boston’s Loui Eriksson, which led to Shawn Thornton mauling him and earning a lengthy suspension.
Yet there was no call on the ice.
After the game, coach Joel Quenneville told the media that Toews is day-to-day. He added: “I don’t think it’s serious.”
Tomorrow we’ll find out more about the severity of Toews’ injury, and if the league office has the stones to do something about a notoriously dirty player injuring another star.
Finally, the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater showed some class on Sunday night.