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On Saturday, defenseman Dmitry Orlov celebrated his 25th birthday in his native Russia. The Caps’ unsigned restricted free agent honored the occasion by going out to dinner with his wife Varvara and several of his friends.

Orlov even got a birthday cake. Sure the cake is tiny, but take a look at that giant candle. It resembles a rocket about to launch into outer space.

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In early July, NHL Network’s Top Shelf dedicated an entire show counting down the oddest plays of the 2015-16 season. Basically, it turned out to be a season review of the Washington Capitals.

Jay Beagle’s miracle diving stick save was named the oddest play of the year.

Let’s review the Caps plays that made the cut.

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Dmitry Orlov Got Married!

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If you’re wondering why it’s taken so long for the Washington Capitals and restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Orlov to come to an agreement on his next contract, we may have the answer for you. Orly has been busy getting married!

Early Friday morning (U.S. time), Dima Instagrammed a pair of photos from his wedding with Varvara Amosava. The photo above came with the caption (originally in Russian), “Thank you to our families for a wonderful evening!!!” On another, he said, “Our wedding day with my wife.”

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Beyond 2012 fourth round pick Thomas Di Pauli, the Capitals have only two other targets they’re looking to lock up: restricted free agents Marcus Johansson and Dmitry Orlov. Johansson, who signed a one-year, $3.75 million arbitrated deal last summer, opted for player-elected arbitration again today before the 5pm deadline. This upcoming season is Mojo’s last team-controlled year before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He’s due another raise.

Meanwhile, talented Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov did not opt for arbitration and will continue negotiating with the team.

The news was first reported by the Capitals’ Mike Vogel.

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Inova Blood Donor Services holds blood drives at Kettler Capitals Iceplex every few months. Their next event is scheduled for Saturday, August 6 from 7AM to 5PM. This time around they will be giving away Dmitry Orlov bobbleheads and a Capitals t-shirt to anyone who donates blood.

For those who interested, you can sign up for an appointment here. Not only will you help save a life, but you’ll also go home with a collectible of the Caps’ best Russian defenseman.

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In I can’t believe I’m writing this news, Dmitry Orlov spent his evening pumping gas and selling burgers at a Russian gas station.

The Caps’ hip-checking machine, joined by close friend and Vezina-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, worked at a Gazprom in his hometown of Novokuznetsk. Orlov and Bobrovsky were participating in a media event to raise awareness for a charity event scheduled for June 30, which will, according to Orlov’s girlfriend Varya, raise money for a youth hockey program called “Special Youth School of Olympic Reserve Metallurg.” Ilya Sorokin and Kirill Kaprizov will also participate next week. Awareness raised.

Now enjoy these photos of Orlov filling up a truck and posing in front of gas pumps.

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Dmitry Orlov: 2015-16 Season Review

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After missing the entire 2014-15 season recovering from injury, Dmitry Orlov returned to the ice to start this season as a regular contributor on the Caps. He played all 82 regular-season games; produced highlights and lowlights; and he scored a rather strange goal where he seemingly was the only player on the ice to know that he had the puck.

This season was much more eventful than last for Orly.

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2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

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Team Russia destroyed the United States’ National Team 7-2 in Moscow Sunday. Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov will leave the 2016 World Championiship with bronze medals.

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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.

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Over the weekend, Andre Burakovsky took his World Championship bio picture for Team Sweden and it’s… definitely something we need to talk about.

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