NHL·Cutting It Close

Brooks Orpik takes skate to face, hit by beer

Capitals defenceman Brooks Orpik had a scary moment in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders when he was clipped in the face by a teammate's skate, then was hit by a beer thrown by a fan after Washington's overtime win.

Tough defenceman returns after scary moment

Washington Capitals defenceman Brooks Orpik took a skate to the face in the first period of Game 4 against the New York Islanders, but fortunately returned in the second period. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals defenceman Brooks Orpik had a scary moment in the first period of Game 4 against the New York Islanders when his cheek was accidently clipped by a teammate's skate. 

With just over a minute left in the first period, Orpik tripped over John Carlson, whose right skate cut the right side his defensive partner's face.  

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In true hockey form, the 34-year-old Orpik was stitched up and returned in the second period.


Unfortunately, the hits kept coming for Orpik, who took a beer to the side of his head following the Capitals 2-1 overtime victory. 

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