Capitals defenseman Orpik thinks 3-game suspension is fair

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 hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal series Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Washington. Pittsburgh won 2-1. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik says he has no problem with the three-game suspension the NHL levied on him for making contact with Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta's head in Game 2 on Saturday night.

Orpik called the decision ''fair'' while speaking to reporters following Washington's morning skate on Monday ahead of Game 3. The league took issue with the nature of Orpik's hit on Maatta early in the first period of Pittsburgh's 2-1 victory in Game 2. Orpik took aim at Maatta long after the puck had left Maatta's stick. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Monday that Maatta is out of the lineup for Game 3.

Orpik described the decision to hit Maatta ''a pretty bad mistake.'' He won't be eligible to return until Game 6, if necessary, or the first game of the Eastern Conference finals should Washington advance.