Capitals GM to Put Emphasis on Improving Team’s Speed, Offense

WASHINGTON — At the start of 2015-16 Capitals season, General Manager Brian MacLellan spoke in great detail about his careful construction of the roster, noting his efforts to maintain a balance between speed and heaviness. “You’re always struggling with being big and heavy and being fast enough to win,” he told 106.7 The Fan last October. “You’re looking to play two...
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Caps Get Defenseman Brooks Orpik Back From Suspension for Game 6

PITTSBURGH – Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik wondered if he had already played the final game of his 2015-16 season. A three-game suspension for a late hit on Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference semifinal left Orpik watching nervously from the press box. But Washington, which lost the first two games Orpik missed, extended its season on Saturday...
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Barry Trotz is disappointed with Brooks Orpik suspension

Brooks Orpik was suspended three games on Sunday by the National Hockey League for his hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta. Maatta was injured on the play and won’t suit up on Monday in Game 3 against the Capitals. Orpik accepted the punishment, saying he made “a bad mistake” while even telling the NHL he thought it was fair. It’s a surprise to...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals take issue with Brooks Orpik being called ‘a predator’

PITTSBURGH — Capitals Coach Barry Trotz and several of his players strongly defended suspended defenseman Brooks Orpik’s character on Monday, after Orpik had been the subject of a wave of prominent criticism. Orpik’s hit on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta Saturday night prompted a quick and angry response during NBC’s coverage. “If they don’t suspend [Orpik], […]
Via DC Sports Blog
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Brooks Orpik suspended three games for hit to head on Maatta

The NHL announced on Sunday that Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended three games for his late hit to the head against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta during Saturday’s Game 2 playoff matchup. Orpik was given a two-minute interference penalty on the play after he drilled the defenseless Maatta, knocking him out of the game. Washington's Brooks...
Via The Comeback
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Nasty hit by Brooks Orpik might mean suspension for Caps bruiser

WASHINGTON — During their back-to-back Stanley Cup final runs in 2008 and 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins knew all about what Brooks Orpik can do. The rugged, bruising defenseman's ability to play on the edge was a big part of the Penguins' playoff success for a long time.With Orpik on the other side of their series with the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh was on the receiving end...
Via Associated Press
24 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Brooks Orpik lays a high and late hit on Olli Maatta

There have been a few ugly hits in this year’s playoffs, but this one from Brooks Orpik on Olli Maatta may the worst of the bunch. Orpik with a completely unnecessary, dangerous hit — Sons of Penn (@SonsofPenn) May 1, 2016 Another angle: possible reasonable explanations: has a bet going to see what it takes to get suspended in the playoffs...
Via Puck Drunk Love
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Brooks Orpik takes a nasty hit from Ryan White

Ryan White is starting to get a reputation around the league and it isn’t anything to write home about. He is adding to his less than sterling reputation with a hit on Brooks Orpik that left the defenseman dazed and confused. The hit is borderline in every sense of the term. Is the puck already gone? Yes. Did White come all the away across the ice to make the hit? Yes. Is there...
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Brooks Orpik Carried Off Ice After Vicious Hit by Flyers’ Ryan White

WASHINGTON — Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik was carried off the ice after taking a brutal hit from Flyers forward Ryan White 12 minutes into the second period of Game Three on Monday. Orpik is currently being evaluated and is questionable to return, the Capitals say, but he didn’t appear in great shape leaving the ice. (Warning: The footage below is not pretty.) Orpik injured...
April 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Brooks Orpik extracts tooth with towel during Caps win (vids)

In Installment No. Infinity to “Hockey Players Are The Toughest Athletes On The Planet (And Also The Most Dentally Challenged), Brooks Orpik was captured on camera during the Washington Capitals’ 2-0 Game 1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers extracting his own busted-up tooth. The cause of the improvised, emergency oral surgery was prompted by the defenseman getting caught...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
April 15, 2016  |  Discuss

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