Pittsburgh won 4-2 and leads the best-of-7 series 3-1 with Game 5 on Friday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; CBC, RDS, NBCSN).
Orpik's absence reduced Pittsburgh to five defensemen. Paul Martin played 30:05, and Kris Letang played 27:56.
Orpik was making his first appearance in six games after sustaining an undisclosed injury in the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He played nine shifts in the first period, but the last one lasted seven seconds, ending at 18:23.
Your team is going to want to recapture the feeling. What they're going to have to figure out is they're going to have to rewrite the story. Because you're going to rewrite the story doesn't mean you want a different end. It's just that you're going to have to learn that there's different challenges to get there, and if you're going to try and tap the same feeling, it ain't going to happen.
— Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on maintaining their success from last season