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Penguins D Orpik leaves game on stretcher

Boston, MA ( - Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik left Saturday's game against the Bruins on a stretcher.

During a scrum which was created by a clipping penalty to Boston's Brad Marchand and kneeing call to Pittsburgh's James Neal with 8:54 remaining in the first period, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton grabbed Orpik from behind and punched him twice, the second time as the veteran blueliner was on the ice.

Medical personnel were immediately summoned, and the 33-year-old was completely immobilized before being loaded onto a stretcher and taken away for evaluation.

Orpik was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital and is both alert and conscious.

Earlier in the contest, Orpik levelled Bruins forward Loui Eriksson with a hard but clean check.

The Boston College product has one goal and six assists in 30 games this season, his 11th NHL campaign.

Thornton was given a match penalty for his effort.

12/07 21:16:36 ET

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