The Washington Capitals may be busy partying all over town, celebrating with the Nationals before and during their game on Saturday afternoon and getting ready for the parade with thousands of fans on Tuesday, one of them needs to focus on a serious injury to prevent things from getting worse than what they already are.
During the second game of the Stanley Cup final against Vegas, Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik took a big slash from the Golden Knights' Erik Haula in the final seconds of the contest. It was reported that the veteran blue liner needed upwards of 15 stitches on his index finger following the slash on his hand, but didn't focus too much on getting the right repairs.
Haula received a five-minute major and game misconduct for the two-hand slash, of zero consequence since it was whistled as time expired.
“I’ll address it later on,” Orpik said to media members following Game 2, adding, "It'll be fine for the game," as per TSN's senior hockey writer Frank Seravelli.
Despite the injury and the stitches, Orpik went on to play the three other games it needed to beat the Golden Knights and be crowned Stanley Cup champions, but now, the finger is in bad shape.
After the Caps all hoisted the Cup and headed to the dressing room to keep the party going, Orpik revealed to Los Angeles Times reporter Helene Elliott that "his injured finger was basically falling off."
This is absolutely disgusting.
The great news is that it did not prevent Orpik to lead his team to the first championship of the franchise's history, and he managed to hoist the Cup nonetheless. Later that same night at the MGM Grand in Vegas, the team partied with DJ Tiesto, who was in charge of the music and festivities at the club, and he even invited the entire team to join him in the VIP area behind the DJ booth to party with the Cup.
The Caps took the plane back home Friday afternoon and are now getting ready for a parade in Washington which will take place on Tuesday. However, despite all the fun celebratory events surrounding the Capitals, we sure hope that Orpik will find some time to fix his index finger appropriately so that it heals properly during the offseason.
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