Washington Capitals defensive prospect Dmitry Orlov set his AHL high with four points (one goal, three assists) in the Hershey Bears’ 4-0 away victory over the St. John’s IceCaps on Saturday. Philipp Grubauer‘s shutout gave the Bears their first win of the season (1-2-1).
Orlov missed an NHL recall opportunity this week as a case of pink eye kept him from filling in for John Erskine. Orlov was healthy-scratched out of Friday’s Bears game as well, but after a 5-1 loss the night before, Bears coach Mike Haviland made two changes to the lineup, one of which was putting Orlov in for Tomas Kundratek.
The move paid immediate dividends. Orlov played with urgency and confidence.
On his first point of the night, he recorded a primary assist. As Peter LeBlanc skated along St. John’s blue line, Orlov hit him with a perfect tape-to-tape pass from the Bears’ defensive zone. The pass sprang LeBlanc on a breakaway and he scored on a perfectly placed wrist shot short-side.
In the second period, Orlov scored his first goal of the year on his only shot of the season so far. After joining a rush and making it a 3-on-2 odd-man rush for the Bears, Orlov took a pass from Ryan Stoa and scored on the short side with a wrist shot.
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The last time Orlov set his AHL career-high in points was in November 2011– with a three-point night against the Albany Devils. After that game, Orlov was recalled to Washington and stayed there for the rest of the season, making a splash in the NHL with a strong rookie year.
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Additional reporting by Ian Oland.