At 6'2, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik is normally perfectly capable of defending himself.
But when he was confronted by Boston Bruins forward Scott Thornton on Saturday night, Orpik didn't stand a chance.
At 11:06 of the first period, Thornton skated over to a scrum that Orpik was involved in, grabbed the 219-pound Penguins blue-liner from behind and flung him to the ice. Thornton wasn't done there though. He proceeded to pummel the defenceless Orpik while he was lying on his back.
Orpik would later leave the game on a stretcher and updates on his status were not immediately available, while Thornton was assessed a match penalty for the infraction. It appeared as though Thornton was originally upset by a knee on teammate Brad Marchand, while Orpik sent Boston's Loui Eriksson to the dressing room with a hit earlier on.
Watch the incident above. What do you think will be the repercussions?
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