The Washington Capitals are one victory away from sweeping their first-round series, but they may have to do it without Brooks Orpik as the veteran defenseman exited Monday’s 6-1 rout of the Philadelphia Flyers with an undisclosed injury.
Orpik was crushed along the boards by Philadelphia forward Ryan White with 8:01 remaining in the second period and immediately fell to his knees. He appeared to be dazed and needed assistance to get to the bench and back to the locker room.
The 35-year-old Orpik did not return to the contest and could miss Game 4 at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday as the Capitals look to close out the series. He registered a minus-1 rating and blocked one shot in 10 minutes, 47 seconds of ice time on Monday before exiting.
Orpik recorded three goals and seven assists in 41 games this campaign – his second with Washington – but has yet to notch a point in three playoff contests. Selected by Pittsburgh with the 18th overall pick in the 2000 draft, he has collected 16 tallies and 145 assists in 822 regular-season games with the Penguins and Capitals.
The 6-foot-2, 221-pound blue-liner has notched two goals and 17 points in 109 career postseason contests and was a member of Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup championship team in 2009. A native of San Francisco, Orpik won a silver medal while representing the United States in the 2010 Olympics and also has played for his country at the 2006 IIHF World Championship and 2014 Winter Games.