Jonathan Toews destroyed on vicious check from Brooks Orpik (video)
Not only did the Chicago Blackhawks go down by a score of 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, Jonathan Toews suffered an arm injury and was forced to leave the game after being on the receiving end of a violent, vicious and apparently, perfectly legal check (at least in the eyes of officials), from bruiser Brooks Orpik.
The play occurred during the ___ period when Toews entered the zone on the forecheck during the second period. As Toews made his way to the corner, Orpik unloaded on Blackhawks captain, who crumpled to the ice. He made it to the bench cradling his left shoulder and immediately made his way back to the locker room. Ultimately, he did not return.
The check looked arguably clean, although Orpik’s skates did leave the ice after the brutal collision. One of Toews’ teammates Marian Hossa, who played with Orpik with the Penguins, attempted to be somewhat diplomatic when commenting on the hit after the game.
“Orps is a heavy hitter,” Hossa said, according to the Chicago Tribune.”That’s his game. He plays hard and it’s never easy to play against him. I know him as a fair guy. Some calls are tougher than the others, and sometimes he’s on the borderline.”
Orpik, meanwhile, defended the hit, saying, “There’s no penalty. I think that hit happens 10 times a game.”
The Blackhawks, already without Patrick Kane, who has been sidelined since March 19 with a lower-body injury, designated Toews as “day-to-day”, although head coach Joel Quenneville downplayed the extent of the injury, saying, “I don’t think it’s serious.”
Toews has not missed a game yet this season, and with only six games remaining before the playoffs, the Blackhawks likely will exercise restraint and caution when determining exactly when Toews is allowed to return to the lineup, even if he recovers quickly.