Washington Capitals' Orpik suspended three games for hit on Maatta

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Brooks Orpik (L) of the Washington Capitals fight for the puck with Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins during their NHL game at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2016 (AFP Photo/Drew Hallowell)

Brooks Orpik (L) of the Washington Capitals fight for the puck with Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins during their NHL game at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2016

Brooks Orpik (L) of the Washington Capitals fight for the puck with Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins during their NHL game at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2016 (AFP Photo/Drew Hallowell)

New York (AFP) - The NHL suspended Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik for three games for interference after his late, high hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in game two of their second-round playoff series.

Orpik was given a minor penalty for interference on the play 4:13 into the first period on Saturday night.

Orpik's hit came just after Maatta had passed the puck to a teammate and leveled the Penguins player, who had to be helped off the ice and to the locker room.

Orpik, who played 11 seasons in Pittsburgh before moving to Washington in 2014, had three goals and seven assists in 41 regular season games for the Capitals this season.

He has no goals or assists in five post-season games.

The Penguins won Saturday's contest 2-1 to level the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. Game three is on Monday in Pittsburgh.

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