No disciplinary hearing expected for Orpik's hit on Toews

No disciplinary hearing expected for Orpik's hit on Toews
March 31, 2014, 11:15 am
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The NHL does not have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik for his hit on Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on Sunday night, a source said on Monday morning.

Toews suffered an apparent left arm injury on the hit, which came late in the second period. Orpik hit Toews along the boards and the captain got up holding his left arm/elbow. He went to the bench momentarily but then went to the locker room with 6:30 remaining in the second; he did not return.

Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game that Toews is day to day and that he “didn’t think it’s serious.” The Blackhawks did not practice on Monday, nor did they have practice scheduled for Tuesday.

The Blackhawks went on to lose Sunday’s game to Pittsburgh, 4-1, their third consecutive loss and fourth in the past five games.

"We're going to have to find out about some other guys," Quenneville said. "Maybe somebody steps up in the middle, but that's quality and quantity ice time down there. This time of year we want to make sure Johnny gets better and fresh. Whether he gets a break or not, we'll see. Certainly, we want to make sure our health and being rested going into the playoffs is a priority."