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Brooks Orpik suspended three games for hit on Olli Maatta

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) levels

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) levels Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) with a high hit during the first period of Game 2 in an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal series Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Washington. Photo Credit: AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

WASHINGTON — Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended three games for his late hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.

Orpik will miss Game 3 Monday, Game 4 Wednesday and Game 5 Saturday. He’d be eligible to return if the series gets to Game 6 on May 10.

Orpik hit Maatta in the head after the puck was gone four minutes into Game 2 Saturday and was given a two-minute minor penalty for interference. After a hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety, the punishment was far more severe.

Maatta left the game and did not return. Coach Mike Sullivan said the team would probably have an update on Maatta’s status Monday.

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