Speaking at the Capitals' hotel in Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, before the suspension was announced, left wing Daniel Winnik said the team had already been preparing as though Orpik would not be available to play in Game 3 on Monday.
"Even if you're on a long-term contract or whatever, you're still auditioning for other teams," Winnik said. "I think that's the way you've got to treat it when you're out of the playoffs. Teams always want guys who are battling and competing for a losing team, and if they see you've kind of given up, no one's going to want you even if it's your second year of a five-year deal. Everybody has their own motivations when they're playing not for playoff spots. You always want to win, and you want to play your best hockey regardless."