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Sports Capitals’ Orpik needed to get finger tip re-attached after slash in Final

03:31  14 june  2018
03:31  14 june  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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Slash from Erik Haula late in Game 2 actually took off tip of Brooks Orpik ’s left pinkie finger . %2Fhockey%2Fnhl%2Fcapitals- orpik - needed - get - finger - tip - re - attached - slash - final %2F. Join the Conversation.

News tips . Photo galleries. Newsstand. Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik lost part of his pinkie finger on a slash early in the Stanley Cup Final . It needed to be stitched back on.

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A week removed from emerging victorious in the Stanley Cup Final, the circumstances surrounding the Washington Capitals’ championship effort are beginning to come to light.

After forward Nicklas Backstromrevealed Wednesday that he suffered two fractures in his hand (courtesy of a Justin Schultz slap shot in the second round), defenceman Brooks Orpik said he played through some significant hand issues of his own — the veteran nearly had his finger severed off in Game 2 of the Final after a brutal slash from Vegas’ Erik Haula.

“It kind of fell off,” Orpik told reporters Wednesday.

“It probably looked worse than it was, to be honest with you,” Orpik said. “It was tough to look at but [the] trainers did a really good job. It was never really something I thought would keep me from playing.”

Orpik said he also had to battle through a separate hand injury suffered just two games into the post-season.

“I hurt my hand in Game 2 of the Columbus series,” Orpik said. “So that was something that probably plagued me more than the finger thing in the Final.”

Despite the injuries, the 37-year-old suited up for all 24 games of the Capitals’ Cup run, skating an average of 16:49 minutes a night and even ending a 220-game drought by sniping a clutch goal in the thick of his club’s final series.

Capitals trade Orpik, Grubauer to Avalanche .
The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals have traded veteran defenceman Brooks Orpik and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer to the Colorado Avalanche for the 47th pick in the NHL draft. The teams announced the draft before the start of the draft Friday night. The trade clears salary-cap space for Washington, which is attempting to re-sign pending free agent defenceman John Carlson.

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