BFF’s Dmitry Orlov and Alexander Burmistrov cheese for the camera (Photo: Sport-Express)
There isn’t much information yet, but Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov got injured late in the second period of Russia’s 6-1 throttling of the United States on Monday. Orlov did not return for the third period. The exact nature of his injury is unknown.
After the game, Team Russia head coach Oleg Znarok confirmed Orlov would be unavailable Wednesday against Kazakhstan, but did not further discuss the injury.
“All our defensemen are injured,” Znarok said according to R-Sport as translated by RMNB’s Igor Kleyner. “That’s why [Andrei] Zubarev (KHL’s Salavat Yulaev Ufa) is going to play in the next game. Especially since Chudinov did not play, and we have Orlov injured.”
When we asked the Washington Capitals for more information, a Capitals spokesman replied, “We are aware that Dmitry Orlov sustained an injury during today’s game versus the United States. Our medical staff is working with Orlov and Team Russia to gather additional information.”
Orlov, who is playing in his first career World Championship, has been healthy since suffering from two concussions last season while with the Hershey Bears.
While Team Russia is undefeated in the tournament, Orlov’s injury continues the country’s recent run of bad luck. In the first game of the tournament, Russia lost Andrei Loktionov to a shoulder injury that required surgery. In the next game, defenseman Andrei Zubarev suffered a deep laceration, but will play Wednesday. Vadim Shipachev was suspended Monday three games for a dirty hit to the head against Finland, leaving Russia with two natural centers. Defenseman Maxim Chudinov sat on the bench but never played in the game against USA because he was sick. Finally, one of Russia’s healthy centermen, Artem Anisimov, has been playing with a broken thumb.
Additional reporting by Igor Kleyner and Fedor Fedin.