Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik should sit for the rest of the series against the Penguins. This is a dirty, late, high,and unnecessary hit.
In my opinion, this hit is a violation of NHL rule 48. Orpik has a history of making questionable hits and escaping suspension. This time, I don't think that Orpik will get off scot-free. I think that he's going to feel the burn. I hope the NHL throws the book at him.
There will be some that will defend Orpik's play and say that Olli Maatta was crouched down. That doesn't give a player the right to blow them up.
Washington’s Brooks Orpik will have a hearing today for interference on Pittsburgh’s Olli Maatta.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 1, 2016
Saw Brooks Orpik throw those kinds of despicable hits countless times in a Penguins uni. Little different to see him do it to Pittsburgh now— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) May 1, 2016