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Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia is reporting that the Department of Player Safety has suspended Dmitry Orlov two games for his boarding hit on Brayden Schenn during Sunday’s home game against the Philadelphia Flyers. (UPDATE: Confirmed by the NHL.) Schenn was apparently not injured on the play, but Orlov’s hit constituted a charge, a blindside hit, and an airborne hit.

Orlov was assessed a five-minute major penalty for the charge, during which the Flyers scored one goal. The Capitals went on to lose in overtime.

Orlov will be eligible to return on Saturday’s game against Phoenix.

In 36 games with the Capitals this season, Orlov has scored 3 goals and 6 assists. Two of those 3 goals came against Philadelphia before the penalty.

This isn’t Orlov’s first scrape with the law. He was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty in 2012 for shoving an official, though he was not suspended for the violation.

Update: The Department of Player Safety has published this video:

Update 4:40 PM: The Capital have recalled Jack Hillen:


Capitals Recall Hillen from Hershey

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Jack Hillen from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Hillen, 28, played in two games with the Capitals this season before suffering a right tibial plateau fracture on Oct. 3 against Calgary. The Minnetonka, Minn., native missed 57 games due to the injury this season and was re-assigned to Hershey on a long-term injury/illness exception conditioning loan on Feb. 25. Hillen appeared in two games with the Bears and earned two assists on March 2 at Charlotte.

The 5’10”, 190-pound blueliner has collected 65 points (13 goals, 52 assists) and 143 penalty minutes in 255 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Nashville and Washington. Hillen spent four seasons with Colorado College of the WCHA and earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, WCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA (West) First All-American Team honors during his senior season in 2008. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Islanders on April 1, 2008.

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  • Tadd

    Yup. 2 games seems fair to me. It was a violent, unnecessary and reckless hit.

  • Manitoba_Mercy

    2 games is just about right. 1st time offender, young guy with no history of dirty hits.

  • Sara

    Absolutely. As someone who LOATHES the Flyers and really appreciates seeing them slammed up against the boards that was a dangerous hit. Beyond that – the major penalty completely changed the momentum of the game and our guys never recovered. Not cool. I hope he got an ass chewing from Oatsie too!

  • JH

    Yeah, his skates left the ice, so I suppose two games is about right for a first-time offender. Even if it was committed against the Flyers, who are wholly deserving of physical suffering.

  • Weird that the video was narrated by Patrick Burke, former scout for the Flyers. I’d think they’d have him recuse just avoid any appearance of impropriety.

    Anyway, I think this is the right call. I hope Orly never does this again.

  • Thank you for saying “his skates left the ice” rather than “he left his feet.”

  • Shaun Phillips

    Where’d he leave them at?? :p

  • Ben

    Good. That being said, I would like to see Schmidt replace him.

  • Judy Neilson Gray

    Seems like the right thing to do. Maybe it’ll teach him to control his emotions. He’s just a kid, but we sure don’t need that kind of play…

  • Mark Mille

    Peter what do you think we need at this deadline? What do you think we should be willing to give up?

  • I suck at asset management and negotiations, but I’ll have a quick item on where the weakness is… weakest tonight.

  • Chris Lutz

    I’d agree with that.

  • Mark Mille

    Top 4 Dman but our options are limited since Oats like demands handedness. Second line scoring is something we’ve lost since Semin left. Questions is do we make a trade that gets us to the playoffs or one that gets us deep in the playoffs in the future.

  • Vess1962

    It is fair. What if the hit had led to a serious injury?

  • I’ll be addressing the “top 4 d-man” thing directly.

  • Mark Mille

    🙂 Can’t wait to read it. Trade deadline week always gets me excited.

  • Marky Narc

    I certainly have no argument with this suspension.

    But just to remind everyone – even though this was an ugly hit from behind, Philadelphia Flyers fans never, ever, ever, ever get to lecture anybody else on clean play. Not now, not ever.

  • Marky Narc

    It appears Hillen has been recalled from his conditioning assignment.

  • Dan

    I really wish they’d bring Schmidt back up. I’m not sure what was preventing that to begin with, other than Oates’s obsession with handedness.

  • CapsKel

    Reasonable. I’m sure he’ll learn from it.

  • bskillet

    For two games he should have put him through the glass, great news about Hillen though.

  • Freedoooom

    So how can someone react like this to the hit, then not go to quiet room? See guys get knocked out all the time in MMA and fall just like this, but Schenn doesn’t even miss a shift? Kid is a diving artist and his own team knows it.


    I also find it hilarious, in the Downie on Josi case, a falling backwards Josi caused him to Downie to leave his feet therefore its not charging because of course the contact caused him to leave his feet. Where as contact in this cause didn’t cause Orlov to leave his feet. Consistency.

  • B. Jasper

    I completely agree, it is established that Schenn knew Orlov was coming. Not only did he look over his shoulder once but twice.

  • AreaMan

    Yea, he was totally diving when his body went flat against the boards. It looks like he has Air Jordan skates with the way he jumped into the boards. And then he forced his head into the glass. I don’t believe these conspiracy theories about how his shield on the helmet prevented his face and head from really getting smashed into the boards. Schenn probably started planning it when he took the egregious cheap shot on Orlov a few seconds before. Actually, I would not be surprised if the Flyers teach them in practice. I’m sure they spend 40 minutes at each practice hitting a guy and then skating into the corner and tricking him into charging you.

  • ilan

    “Take the fall, act hurt, get indignant!” ONE MORE TIME! ” TAKE THE FALL, ACT HURT, GET INDIGNANT!”


  • AlexIch

    Kuznetsov out of Playoffs

  • Bugs Fire

    First and foremost – Orlov should have never done that, not with the game on the line. Because of one guy’s pride Caps are now two points behind Flyers when they could have been a point ahead. If Orlov felt Schenn’s prior shenanigan’s were over the line, he should have challenged him to a fight (for the record – I personally think he should not have done that either). What a waste of the first ever multiple goal game for the young defenceman.

    Now let me turn on my unabashed, unsolicited, unstoppable and still undefeated pro-Caps alter ego.

    Is this the same Brayden Schenn who was oh-so-violently charged/boarded by Tom Wilson? What do these two situations have in common? Borderline hits that Flyers get away with, followed by the same Brayden Schenn seeing the check coming and turning his back to it. Last time we were told Schenn had a concussion, yet did not miss a single game. This time he goes down as if shot but does not miss a single shift.

    Now back to Caps-please-stop-being-stupid mode.

    That is Flyers game plan. Yes, I wish refs would go out on a limb and call Schenn’s dangerous hit/push on Orlov for what it was – interference. Because it was – Orlov is clearly not in possession of the puck anymore when Schenn jumps in front of him and pushes him violently off balance with both hands. He is not “fnishing his check” – because he does not begin his check when Orlov has the puck. But for crying out loud – this is the fourth game this season and every single time Flyers use this strategy because they cannot win otherwise. Shouldn’t someone (I don’t know, maybe head coach) stress it out to the players that dumb penalties in the third period while leading by two are absolutely prohibited? That players, young and old, should be mentally prepared to be provoked? That the right course of action is to wait for a good opportunity to delivear *clean* retaliatory hit?

    This seems to be a theme with this Caps team. Yes, we realize it was a mistake, says head coach. And then he says it again when exactly the same mistake is committed. I am no expert in pretty much anything, but I do think that adjusting your tactics to known challenges is how problems can be solved.

  • AreaMan

    No, it was a different Brayden Schenn. They traded the other one, and then called up a different one from the AHL.