Dmitry Orlov’s First NHL Goal is a Game-Winner

Marcus Johansson and friends congratulate Orlov on his marker. (Photo credit: Mitchell Layton)

In his young, 25 game NHL career, Dmitry Orlov has already established himself as a solid defenseman. Just 20-years-old and less than a year after first playing in North America, Orlov has supplanted Jeff Schultz and John Erskine in the Caps lineup and earned high praise from his coaches and teammates. One thing, however, has been missing: a coveted National Hockey League goal. One minute and 12 seconds into the third period, the Novokuznetsk native got just that, breaking a 1-1 tie with what turned out to be the game-winning tally. Judging by his reaction, we think it’s pretty safe to say Dima was pleased. Check out the video below the jump!

Video of Dmitry Orlov’s First NHL Goal

Dima Celebrates the Goal

Neuvirth first gives a face-wash, then a hug. (Via @Caps_Girl)

Orlov’s Post Game Comments

“We were skating three-on-two and I was expecting a pass. But at the same time [Jason Chimera] sort of chipped the puck over and I was waiting for a rebound. And it wasn’t a rebound. The puck landed in my skate and on my stick and I just shot the puck off of the guy’s back. It was a very weird angle; it felt like I was almost behind the net when it happened. This is the way it played out.” (Transcription via Stephen Whyno)

Photos

Brilliant photo sequence of Dima’s goal via Clydeorama.

The celebration. (Via ashenrain.tumblr.com)

Via lehtonenbobrovsky.tumblr.com

The puck. (Via @brguerrero)

Immortalized. (Photo credit: @capsfan4life12)

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  • elementarynotion

    Dima’s reaction is priceless.  He has really blossomed over the last two months and has the potential to evolve into a top-flight NHL blueliner; with Greenie sidelined indefinitely, a puck-moving defenseman with offensive instincts is precisely what this club needs. 

  • Paulvjo75

    Start of a great career!

  • Rjmend

    Congrats to Orlov on his first goal and earning a spot next to the other two Russian dudes.

  • dtypes

    Is Dima Still considering a number change?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

    My guess is that he’ll change to #9 as soon as he’s allowed to.  That’s the number he’s always worn.

  • serpent

    He’s wearing 9 nines now.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Chris Gordon

    You just blew my mind.

  • tln

    Will there be a SCOARlov t-shirt?  Pretty please?

  • brian!

    Someone on twitter (possibly Dmitry Chesnokov) mentioned that Orlov wants to switch to 9 as soon as he is allowed to.

  • http://twitter.com/Khchuba Kelly Chuba

    Dima lived by us in Hershey. He loved our dog. Great guy.

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