Brooks Orpik did not participate in Capitals practice Friday morning, with coach Barry Trotz citing an… uh, body injury of some sort.
But after reviewing last night’s Caps-Bruins game, Orpik’s ailment appears to be his left hand. The injury took place in the third period.
As Orpik checked Noel Acciari into the boards, the Bruins forward got his stick up and caught Orpik in the face, potentially with the butt-end of his stick. Orpik didn’t appreciate that much, so he punched Acciari. As the two got untangled, Acciari’s stick appears to strike Orpik in the left hand.
Seconds later, Orpik would get a delayed penalty for interference after cross-checking David Krejci behind the net.
After the Caps obtained possession, Orpik took his left glove off and bent over clutching his hand.
Orpik also showed off a bloody and cut nose, including a splatter of blood on his jersey.
While Oprik did not miss a shift during the rest of the game, he may miss the Caps next game against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Taylor Chorney would take his spot in the lineup if he can’t play.
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