The Caps and Devils were humming along during a boring third period and then WHAM! Brooks Orpik happened.
As he skated into the offensive zone, Devils forward Travis Zajac sent Taylor Hall a weaksauce backhanded pass that Orpik read all the way. Orpik caught Hall in the left shoulder and the former number one overall pick crumpled to the ice. Hall’s stick broke in half.
Special thanks to Gary Bettman for letting the guys out of the Quiet Room long enough for us to snap this pic. Enlarge. (Photo illustration by Ian Oland)
The stars of the All-Star Game were a little less bright this year. Some of the familiar faces that fans expect were absent for reasons that are becoming all too familiar in the modern NHL: head injury. Approximately 85 head injuries have been reported this year, meaning that nearly ten percent of all active players have been injured. 28 of 30 teams have reported at least one head injury, while some franchises have dealt with as many six or seven. With star center Nicklas Backstrom now sitting out due to concussion, the issue has hit close to home for Caps fans.
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