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Orlov returns! (Photo credit: Sweetest Hockey On Earth’s Tim Stough)

Playing at Verizon Center on December 6th, an unfriendly shoulder was planted under Dmitry Orlov‘s chin, resulting in an upper body injury that would keep him away from the game he loves for the next three months.

On Saturday night, Orlov was finally back in action– playing for the Hershey Bears against the Norfolk Admirals. Less than a minute into the game, Orlov hoisted the puck over the glass, earning a delay-of-game penalty. Not the start he was loooking for, but — as he tells RMNB- Orlov was just happy to be back in action.

How serious was the injury, and was it hard to come back from it?

Frankly, I don’t even want to talk about it. I am back to playing hockey, and that’s all that matters to me right now!

Did you feel nervous when the game started? Is that maybe why you had that delay of game penalty called against you?

I wasn’t really nervous – either before the game, or when it started. It was just a coincidence – I was unlucky trying to get the puck out of our zone. And then on top of that, we let one in while I was in the penalty box. I was just trying to clear the puck out, but miscalculated slightly – and the puck ended up over the glass.

While you were injured, your Bears teammate Tomas Kundratek surprised a lot of people with his play for the Capitals.

I am not at all surprised by his success in Washington. That’s how it works – someone gets injured on the big team, he gets a call and a chance to impress! Great for him that he is not wasting this opportunity. I think he is working as hard as he can, he wants to play in the NHL; it’s every hockey player’s dream.

With no other Russians on the team, is your English getting better?

Yes, it’s a bit easier when there are other Russian guys on the team, but that’s not how it is right now. I think my English is improving. I would love to speak fluent English, and I am putting a lot of effort into learning the language; it’s far from perfect, of course, right now, but I think it is much better than what I had in the beginning.

Are you in any way discouraged by how things have gone for you lately?

This is my second [full] season in North America. That’s all I am concentrating on for now. I only played in 19 games so far this season. And I missed the game so much! But there is still time this season, two more months to go, so I am looking forward to the chance to work myself back into shape, to get comfortable on the ice, and to gain back my confidence. I have to admit during these three months [away from hockey] I lost a bit of what I had worked on; I need to work on getting it back.

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Photo credit: Sweetest Hockey On Earth’s Tim Stough

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  • http://twitter.com/JJrugby6 Joshua Jacobs

    delay of the game, just wants to fit in in with the boys in DC.

  • Yv

    Caps badly need good Orlov back. That minor game in Verizon might cost to Caps more than money gained from it. Even one missed playoffs game at home bringing, at-least, 5 times more money than that one on Dec. 6th.
    I’m sure the interview was in Russian, otherwise his English is already fine)

  • Hockeynightincanada

    I like the D-men we’ve been bringing in. Once we get rid of Schultz, Poti, and possibly Green, that leaves more room for Orlov, Oleksy, Erskine, Carlson, Kundtratek, Alzner, and the addition of hopefully that #1 and/or #2 D-man we’ve long been waiting for.

  • Ash

    So happy to see him return, and I’m glad he’s back. Now, if only we can get Green and Laich healed up as well.

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

    His english is good. I have had multiple conversations with him this year in Hershey and I’ve been impressed with his progress.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Lemme ask you this: what part of the Caps game will Orlov help with? Just having a mobile d-man?

  • http://www.facebook.com/abhi.goyal.usa Abhi Goyal

    Well, yes.

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

    He needs to develop at the NHL level so the Caps can know what they have in him. Having a Tom Poti or a Steve Oleksy play over him in a few weeks when he’s conditioned would be counter to what this organization needs to do: prepare for 2013-14, 2014-15 when Kuznetsov and Forsberg are here. He could (keyword: could) be a star.

  • Yv

    Besides this I also like in Orlov that he playing heads up hockey on ice, what MG52 was famous before, so he can replace him w/o any problems.

  • http://twitter.com/ovechkin2 ovechkin

    ORLOV SUPER D