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Sunday Hockey Notes

Disrespectful hits add unnecessary danger to NHL

The NHL rule book, referees Brad Meier and Gord Dwyer, and the Department of Player Safety came to the same conclusion. Brooks Orpik did not do anything wrong when, on the first shift of the Bruins-Penguins game Dec. 7, the former Boston College defenseman flattened Loui Eriksson.

Orpik’s wallop may not have violated any rule, whether it be interference, charging, or hit to the head. But it flunked the eye test so poorly that even the “E” was blurry.

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