Let’s hope we see a reenactment of this photo many more times in the future. (Photo by: Evan Vucci)
It’s certainly hard to believe, but earlier this year, on February 27, Dmitry Orlov — at the ripe age of 19 — played in his first professional game for the Hershey Bears. Orlov, who won gold at the World Junior Championships only five weeks earlier, stepped into Hershey’s line-up and immediately made an impact. Looking more like a 10-year veteran than a wide-eyed rookie, Dima assisted on Steve Pinizzotto’s second period power-play goal, collecting his first AHL point in his first AHL game.
Boy, it seems like history is repeating itself. Tonight, Orlov — still not looking out of place in his new surroundings — collected his first NHL point in his second NHL game, assisting on Nicklas Backstrom’s second period marker. Video is below the jump.
But Orlov did oh so much more.
Dima also dished out several crushing hits. First, he laid out Blake Wheeler with one of his patented hip checks.
Gif via Dimagus on Japers’ Rink.
Then a little bit later, he nailed Evander Kane sending his stick airborne into the crowd.
Suffice to say, I can’t wait to see what Orlov has in store for us next. Ovi certainly knows who the real star of the show is now.