Assessing the fallout from B's/Pens (and there was a lot)
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The Bruins and Penguins played one of the more entertaining, emotional, and controversial games of the year, not just for each team but probably in the entire NHL.
Just a few of the bullet points (no pun-intended, and in no particular order) that face each team less than 24-hours after the epic tilt:
Loui Eriksson did in fact suffer a concussion on the hit from Brooks Orpik, as was told by coach Claude Julien. Its Eriksson's second concussion this year. Its probable that he'll miss at least a few weeks of time.
Brooks Orpik will not face any supplemental discipline for the hit on Eriksson, even with the injury sustained.
Chris Kelly suffered a broken leg on a slash from Pens forward Pascal Dupuis and will miss 4-6 weeks. It was another white-or-black matter depending what team you support; Pens fans will say Dupuis was swinging for the puck, but B's fans will contend Dupuis meant to give the two-hander right to Kelly's ankles.
Shawn Thornton will have an in-person hearing to address his incident with Brooks Orpik. The in-person hearing allows the NHL to suspend him more than 6 games. Without going out on a limb here, it will probably be more than six.
James Neal will have a telephone-hearing for his knee to Brad Marchand's head early in the first period. The max amount of games Neal can be suspended is 5 games. I think Neal's play was egregious. Neal skated out of his way to land an "oops" hit on the downed Marchand and tried to make it seem like it was an accident.
Ryan Spooner, Max Fraser and Jordan Caron were all called-up from Providencefor the upcoming roadtrip in Canada, starting tonight in Toronto.