Orpik's tenure in Washington began with a question about whether he was truly worth $27.5 million. It ended with Coach Barry Trotz heaping praise onto the top-pair blue-liner.
Orpik crumpled to the ice in pain, clutching his right knee, but the Capitals were cautiously optimistic in the aftermath of their overtime loss to the Islanders.
The two former Penguins defensemen speak to re-signing with Pittsburgh, adjusting to life in Washington and the nebulous idea of organizational loyalty.
“That was a hell of a goal,” forward Brooks Laich said. “That was a really nice goal.”
Orpik reconciled the gaudy number with how some were called, but staying out of the box has caught the defenseman's attention.
Alex Ovechkin might only have two goals heading into tonight's game but the Penguins still consider the Washington captain to be a threat.