Brooks Orpik just landed the biggest hit of the young season Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche.
You have to see this.
While trailing 2-0 to the Avs early in the second period, Orpik stepped up on rookie Vladislav Kamenev in the neutral zone and walloped the Russian forward to the ice.
Orpik hit Kamenev directly in the chest.
What a hit.
After the play, a small melee broke out. Orpik was engaged by Nikita Zadorov while TJ Oshie scrummed with Erik Johnson. All four players got matching roughing penalties.
Meanwhile, the hit forced Kamenev, bent over at the waist, to leave the game. The young player was bleeding from the nose as he skated off the ice. He did not return during the second period.
In the third period, Adrian Dater reported that Orpik broke Kamenev’s arm on the play.
Kamenev has a broken left arm – bad news
— Adrian Dater (@adater) November 17, 2017
Kamenev, playing in only his third NHL game, was one of the many pieces that the Avalanche received in return for sending star center Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators. He had just been called up from the San Antonio Rampage, after only playing four games for the AHL affiliate.
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