Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik doesn’t fight much, but when he does, his opponent’s face will be vigorously punched.
During a Saturday matinee with the Detroit Red Wings, Orpik pounded notorious pest Steve Ott in a third-period bout which inspired shouts from Caps’ play-by-play man Joe Beninati. The fight lasted 32 seconds and featured 14 landed punches by Orpik to 1 by Ott.
The melee started after some intense forechking between Ott and Orpik in the Capitals defensive zone.
Orpik gave Ott a nasty slash and politely asked, “You want to do it?”
Ott obliged and then began eating punches like Halloween candy. At one point, Orpik landed eight-straight haymakers to the side of Ott’s head.
Towards the end of the bout, Ott inexplicably taunted Orpik and egged on cheers from the Joe Louis Arena crowd. Ott ate a few more punches before falling to the ice.
The reaction on Twitter was both swift and entertaining.
BROOKS ORPIK RUINED OTT'S DECADE
— Nick Palastro (@Palastro24) February 18, 2017
ORPIK JUST WHOOPED THAT MANS ASS #LETSGOCAPS
— Konnor William Fulk (@KonnorWF) February 18, 2017
— Jonathan Fox (@starfox93) February 18, 2017
Where in the world did snarly, nasty Orpik that is capable of full on beat downs just come from?
— Tommy Chalk (@Tommy_Chalk) February 18, 2017
I'm going to buy Orpik a gluten-free beer for that #Capitals scrap of the year
— Alan May (@MayHockeyNBCS) February 18, 2017
The fight was Orpik’s 16th professional fight and will most likely remain the most one-sided bout of his career.
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