Getting physical: Orpik, Gostisbehere shaken up by hits
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.