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Getting physical: Orpik, Gostisbehere shaken up by hits

Shayne Gostisbehere

Philadelphia Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere skates off the ice after losing an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks, 4-1, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals may have each lost a defenseman during Game 3.

At minimum, they face situations to watch after hits hurt Shayne Gostisbehere and Brooks Orpik respectively.

In the case of “Ghost,” he was shaken up by a check that drew an interference penalty on Daniel Winnik.


Check it out in GIF form:

The good news for the Flyers is that Gostisbehere returned to action during that same second period.

That said, we’ve seen plenty of instances in which a player returned quickly after a possible injury ... only to miss time after the adrenaline wears off or something gets aggravated.

A hard (if maybe routine?) check by Ryan White left Orpik in a pretty bad way, with the Capitals announcing that the rugged defenseman is questionable to return.


Again, watch it via GIF:

At this very moment, it seems like Gostisbehere may have dodged a bullet while Orpik might not be so lucky. We’ll get a better idea later on.