Brooks Orpik is known as a physical player, but he may have gotten a bit too physical in Game 2 on Saturday with his hit to Penguins’ defenseman Olli Maatta.
The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Sunday via Twitter that Orpik will have a hearing later in the day for the hit.
Orpik was assessed a two-minute minor for the hit. Maatta did not return to the game.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan was steamed afterward saying, “I thought it was a late hit. I thought it was a target to his head. I think it's the type of hit everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game."
Orpik was not made available for comment after the game, but he did explain the hit to Barry Trotz who told the media the veteran defenseman thought the rebound from Maatta’s shot was going back to Maatta which is why he followed up with the hit.
"We'll let the league handle it," Trotz said after the game. "If you know anything about Brooks, he plays hard, he plays clean. He's not a dirty player."