The Russian hockey world was rocked on Saturday by the sudden loss of Sergei Gimaev. Gimaev suffered a heart attack during the second period of “The Match of Legends,” an alumni game for former Soviet hockey players that took place earlier today in Tula, Russia.
Several Russian players in the Capitals’ organization, including Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov, paid tribute to Gimaev on social media.
1:19 into the third period, the Flyers took a 1-0 lead after Sean Couturier deflected Matt Read’s wrist shot past Braden Holtby. 1:21 later, Dmitry Orlov answered and wrestled back the momentum for the Capitals.
After forcing a turnover in the neutral zone, Orlov skated into the Flyers zone and unleashed a hailmary slapshot from the middle of the ice.
The goal was Orlov’s fifth scoarlov of the year.
The Capitals Better Halves are auctioning off their annual gift baskets. The themed baskets include autographed items and jerseys from all your favorite Capitals players. The basket also includes items that highlight each player’s unique personality.
For the Winniks, their basket highlights the couple’s love of bulldogs and liquor. Taylor Winnik and her creative mind got alcohol from every country represented on the Capitals and then had the corresponding players sign the bottles.
So yes, there is a bottle of Russian Vodka, Stolichnaya, signed by Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov.
Friday after practice, Dmitry Orlov gave away one of his ORLOV-branded sticks to a four-year-old Caps fan. Beyond being a kind gesture, Orlov appears to have received a brand new shipment of twigs which he used during the team’s back-to-back away games over the weekend.
During the first period, NBC zoomed in on Alex Ovechkin on the bench, capturing the stick rack in the background.
On Friday, the Washington Capitals returned to practice after a six-day bye week which saw many of the team’s players take vacations to tropical locales.
Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who went to Aspen, Colorado, with his wife Varvara, seemed especially happy to be back in front of his home fans. After practice ended, Orlov, while conducting an interview with the media, had Ray, one of the team’s locker room assistants, give his stick away to a four-year-old Caps fan.
When the Dallas Stars hosted the Washington Capitals back on January 21st, Dmitry Orlov received a double-minor for high-sticking Jamie Benn. As Orlov tried to stick-check the Dallas captain, the Caps defenseman missed, striking Benn in the face.
Benn broke his nose on the play, but the story doesn’t end there. Several weeks later, the Stars revealed that Orlov was quite contrite about the mistake, showing good sportsmanship in the process.
Kids, take note!
While the Oshies, Alzners, Winniks, Johanssons, and Backstroms are in the Bahamas and the Holtbys, the Chorneys, Tom Wilson, and Brett Connolly are in Turks and Caicos, Dmitry Orlov didn’t want to part with the cold chill of a hockey rink and instead is in Aspen, Colorado.
He and his wife Varvara are snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains.
Dmitry Orlov scored two goals on Monday. Tuesday, he felt the pendulum strike back in Ottawa.
During a late second period dump-in, Senators forward Ryan Dzingel attempted to level Orlov with a big hit late. Instead, Orlov countered and knocked Dzingel over. As Dzingel fell to the ice, he fell awkwardly and his stick struck Orlov in the side of the head.
Alex Ovechkin was very excited for his friend and fellow countryman Dmitry Orlov, who notched his second career two-goal game Monday night.
When speaking to reporters in the locker room, Ovechkin compared Orlov to Hockey Hall of Famer, Nicklas Lidstrom.
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