Sport Orpik needed pinky reattached after Haula slash in Game 2 of Cup Final

00:00  14 june  2018
00:00  14 june  2018 Source:

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In the dying seconds of the game , Haula delivered a vicious slash to Orpik 's hand, which reports initially indicated needed upwards of 15 stitches. So much for justice . The Capitals wound up really being tenacious in their final three games after this happened.

Brooks Orpik needed stitches after Game 2 because of a slash he received from Vegas' Erik Haula . Haula received a five-minute slashing major and game misconduct, but both penalties occurred at 20:00 of the third period, so unless there's supplemental discipline those penalties are

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Hockey players are tough creatures, and that toughness somehow gets ratcheted up a few notches in the playoffs. Case in point: Brooks Orpik and his slashed-off pinky finger.

The Washington Capitals rearguard addressed the media during the Caps' locker room cleanout Wednesday, divulging a bit of injury news in the process. "It probably looked a lot worse than it was," Orpik said of his injured digit, according to Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports.

"It was tough to look at, but the trainers did a really good job. It (finger) kind of fell off."

Despite the gruesome nature of the injury, which he suffered on a late third-period slash from Golden Knights forward Erik Haula in Game 2, Orpik will not require any offseason surgery.

Orpik was a complete workhorse for Washington all playoffs, not missing a single game while registering five points and a league-best plus-17 rating.

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