Mar 30, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) reacts on the bench after suffering an apparent injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

POLL: Should The Chicago Blackhawks Have Retaliated Towards Brooks Orpik?

It was a rough night for fans of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Not only did their team lose for the third straight game (the first time all season), but they lost their captain, Jonathan Toews, mid-way through their 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Brooks Orpik is the culprit of the hit that forced Toews from the game, a hard check in the corner that many around Chicago are calling “borderline” a day after the incident. Many were dissapointed when the NHL announced that there wouldn’t be a hearing for the check on Monday morning, saving the Penguins’ defenseman from any punishment.

Toews is day-to-day with an upper-body injury according to the team. He left the ice holding his left arm, but it is unknown if the injury is shoulder-related, or focused on the forearm.

As the Blackhawks went to the dressing room during the second period last night, many thought that they would return with a target over the head of #44 in black. However, there was no retaliation to be found. The Blackhawks went back to their skilled style of play, and pushed hard to tie the game, coming within one goal of doing so before Sidney Crosby put the game away with less than 10 minutes to go.

The questions are swirling in Chicagoland today: should the ‘Hawks have put a bounty on Orpik?

Personally, I think the Blackhawks did exactly what they should have done. In the playoffs, taking their focus off the scoreboard won’t fly, so there is no point adopting that mentality with less than 10 games in the season. In a battle of two very fast, skilled teams, the Blackhawks showed that they can keep up with one of the best teams in the East, even without their two best players in Toews, and Patrick Kane.

So, readers, it’s up to you. What do you think?

Should The Blackhawks Have Targeted Brooks Orpik?

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  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    No. It appeared 2b a legal hit and I’m a die-hard Hawks fan. It’s unfortunate that Toews got hurt but those legal hits are part of the game… Moreover, what if someone would’ve retaliated and gotten suspended? The Hawks are smart team and at the appropriate time illegal hits (not the last nite by Orpik) will be dealt with accordingly. Go Hawks!

    • David Ashbach

      There’s a place for intimidation, but outright retaliation is not appropriate in any professional sport except boxing and wrestling.

    • n0ble

      I dunno he left his skates and followed through to the head. I would say it was borderline.

      • Will

        Left his skates after impact which is fine. It was clearly shoulder to shoulder which he was favoring. May seem like head contact afterwards cause he went down so quickly.

        I give props to Hawks for not turning into thug mode like Boston.

        • n0ble

          Look in slow motion, he left before contact. While I am glad they didn’t go all thug, I think a sharp hit on Crosby would have been appropriate.

  • rsav802

    No, they should not have gone after Orpik. They should have gone right for Crosby. Hard.

    • Will

      As long as it’s a legal hit sure.

      • Blackhawk Up

        Someone should have stepped up against Oprik, Running at Crosby I’m not a fan of putting a legal hit on him of course but the Hawks aren’t a big hitting team so that would have been unlikely

        • Lloyd A Brodnax

          It’s too close to the playoffs for any retaliatory type of hit, albeit it was deemed a borderline clean hit… Moreover, let’s assume one of our Hawks player’s retaliates and gets hurt or suspended? Now what? There’s a time and place.for retaliatory hits, which is contrary to my belief, that is, what changes after the hit on an opposing player, possible penalty, possible suspension, possible injury? I believe the Blackhawks did the right thing by not over-reacting to the Toews hit! Conversely, had a penalty been called against Orpik, then we would be having an entirely different discussion. Lastly, let’s hope that they get in sync and of one mindset b4 the playoffs begin, especially with the most recent news of Toews being out 4the remainder of the regular season…He and Kaner will return at beginning of playoffs… GO HAWKS

  • Lloyd A Brodnax

    We all know that apparently the hit on Toews was legal as the NHL didn’t even look at the hit relative to suspension or fine on Orpik. Hopefully, the Hawks will awaken and Coach Q will start coaching this talented group of players, etc… They’re so out of sync… Coach Q continues to tweak the lines and as a result, familiarity and continuity can’t be formulated… I’m tired of hearing the players saying we’ve got to play better or we’ll work or play ourselves out of these terrible errors, etc. Players Only Mtg is needed and One-Mindset = ONE GOAL = BACK2BACK STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP! Go Hawks… Footnote: Let your play do the talking and clean-up the unforced turnovers & get the puck on net