But in the third period, Dima committed one of the most foolish penalties of his career. After taking a rough but clean hit from Brayden Schenn in the defensive zone, Orlov decided it was time for payback a little bit later.
Orlov lined Schenn up, leaped, and hit Schenn face-first into the boards. Schenn’s head bounced off the glass. Schenn skated gingerly off the ice.
Because he was wearing a face shield, Schenn appears to have avoided injury.
Orlov was given a five-minute major for boarding. The Philadelphia Flyers scored once on the resulting power play.
Orlov’s hit will surely be reviewed by The Department of Player Safety.
Will Orlov get suspended? Some form of punishment seems likely, though since Schenn wasn’t hurt and Dima’s a first time offender should help things.
What do you guys think?