Of the three Russian Capitals at World Championships, Dmitry Orlov is certainly the least well known. Evgeny Kuznetsov was a media magnet during his brief KHL career and is on his way to becoming a household name here in the states. Alex Ovechkin’s is one of the most recognized faces among athletes on both sides of the Atlantic. Orlov is not on the same level yet.
But even considering Dima’s relative obscure celebrity status in comparison to his teammates, you would think that a reporter for the largest TV network in Russia, working at a top-level international hockey tournament, would be capable of identifying Orlov, who is, after all, one of only three defensemen already named to Team Russia’s roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
You would think so, but you would be wrong.
Last night, the Hershey Bears defeated the WBS Penguins in Game Seven with Caps prospect Travis Boyd playing the hero.
Bears radio announcer, Scott Stuccio, was — let’s just say — excited during the goal call.
Six days ago, the Penguins defeated the Capitals at Verizon Center and their fans got raucous on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery.
Saturday, after the Caps thumped the Penguins 3-1 in Game Five, a handful of Caps fans defended the steps with their own celebration. Pittsburgh fans were nowhere to be seen. Now that’s moar like it!
Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Washington Capitals. The four games between the two long-time foes have been brutal. The series has featured big hits, head shots, and taunting between rival fans. But during the morning skate, Braden Holtby cut through all of that nonsense and showed why he’s a great human.
The Caps goaltender, who is likely to win this season’s Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie, gave his stick to Brian Azinheira, a 11-yr old Penguins fan battling cancer.
Game Two was unsuccessful to say the least. The Capitals struggled through two periods of play, committed penalty after penalty in the second (though maybe some were undeserved), and lost the game off the stick of an old ally turned foe. So, let’s engage in the oldest pastime known to sports: assigning blame.
Photo: Monumental Sports Network
I know this might sound crazy, but TJ Oshie’s daughter Lyla set the tone for the Washington Capitals ahead of Game One. The Tiny Osh was recorded by her mother kicking the crap out of a Penguins poster, which, according to Dan Steinberg, was left at the family’s doorstep by a neighboring Pens fan.
The clip, which was posted by Lauren Oshie during an Instagram takeover of Ted Leonsis’s Monumental Sports Network, went viral.
Lauren also captured many other precious moments, such as Lyla celebrating her father’s second period breakaway goal at Verizon Center.
The Washington Capitals have lost 7 of 8 playoff match-ups all-time against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Late Thursday evening, TJ Oshie cut through all of that bad history and juju. Oshie scored a hat trick, which included the decisive goal in overtime, giving the Caps a 1-0 series lead over the Pens.
Naturally, Caps fans lost their shit.
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