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Shero: Orpik dealing with headaches, neck pain

Monday, 12.09.2013 / 11:30 PM / News

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik is dealing with headaches and some neck pain stemming from the concussion he sustained Saturday night against the Boston Bruins, general manager Ray Shero said Monday from the Board of Governors meeting.

Orpik was placed on injured reserve Monday.

"He's resting," Shero said. "It's one of those things probably, with a concussion, that we're going to have to wait and see and kind of see how he reacts. Right now [he's] really not doing too much, just resting."

Orpik was pulled down from behind by Boston forward Shawn Thornton, who then punched Orpik twice in the head. The defenseman was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation, but was released in time to leave Boston with the team following Pittsburgh's 3-2 loss at TD Garden.

Shero said Orpik does not remember anything that happened Saturday after the national anthem. Thornton will have an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety. That meeting has not been set yet, but may take place Friday. Players who are offered in-person hearings are subject to suspensions of six or more games.

"We're a physical team and we usually have incidents that involve physicality," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said. "With that comes these types of things. It's something you deal with. I respect Shawn as a player. He's come over to us and done very well for where his career had been. There's no fallout other than we're going to have a player that contributes to our team who will be suspended. He usually handles his business in a respectful way. This time he lost control a little bit."

Pittsburgh forward James Neal also faced supplemental discipline for his actions in the game Saturday. On Monday, the League suspended Neal five games for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head.

"I think it's appropriate," Shero said of the suspension to Neal. "You never know what it's going to be. I knew it was going to be something for sure. It wasn't a smart play on James' part, and he understands that and he knows it. Fortunately, Brad Marchand wasn't injured on the play. It was just one of those nights, unfortunately, where not a lot of good things happened in that game."

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory