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Posted: 12/10/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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One Penguin out with an injury...

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins placed defenceman Brooks Orpik on the injured reserve Monday with a concussion.

Orpik was knocked unconscious by Boston's Shawn Thornton in the first period of a 3-2 Bruins win on Saturday night. Orpik left the ice on a stretcher after Thornton grabbed Orpik from behind, threw him to the ice and punched him.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Monday Orpik was unconscious for "30 seconds or more."

Orpik flew home with the team but is out indefinitely. Bylsma said Orpik is "doing quite well" but offered no timetable on a possible return.

Pittsburgh recalled defenceman Brian Dumoulin from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League to take Orpik's spot on the roster.

...Another out with a suspension

NEW YORK -- The NHL has suspended Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal for five games for kneeing Boston forward Brad Marchand in the head.

The incident occurred in the first period of Boston's 3-2 home win over Pittsburgh on Saturday. After Marchand was tripped after trying to make a pass out of Boston's zone, Neal hit Marchand's head with his knee as he skated by.

Neal received a minor penalty for kneeing on the play. NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan said in explaining the suspension Neal had a clear view of Marchand on the ice and did not attempt to get out of his way.

The suspension will cost Neal US$128,205.15.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 10, 2013 D7

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