In a chippy game that included some early questionable hits, including Pittsburgh's
"I think he was out on the ice for a period of time, and I think that means he's got a concussion," Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma said after Boston won the game, 3-2, to end Pittsburgh's five-game winning streak.
Orpik was taken to
. Bylsma said he was alert and conscious. Orpik was expected to make the return flight to Pittsburgh with his teammates.
Thornton, who later apologized, received a match penalty and his actions will be under review by the league office.
"It was definitely awful," Thornton said after the game. "It's not what you want to see. It's not what anybody wants to see. I felt sick all game.
"It's hard for me to talk about right now. I can't say I'm sorry enough. I'm sure I'll be criticized, but it's true. It wasn't my intention. I know Brooksie. I've gotten to know him the last seven years here. I skated with him during the lockout. I texted him a couple of times. It's not what I wanted to see or anyone to see."
One person who was outraged at the play and chastised the
"If history repeats itself, the league will justify whatever decision they want, fair or not," Chelios said. "There is no consistency in suspensions and always double standards with the players involved."
Orpik delivered the first big hit in the opening minute, crushing Bruins winger
About midway through the period, Penguins captain
”I was skating by him,“ said Neal, who was given a minor penalty for kneeing. ”I hit him in the head with my leg or my foot or my knee or my shin area; I don't know. He went down. I guess I need to try and avoid him."