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.
The Washington Capitals scored another touchdown Monday night, and I’m running out of positive adjectives to describe this team.
After falling behind 1-0, the Caps scored six unanswered goals because I guess they just felt like it.
Tonight marks the sixth time the Caps have scored six or more goals in their last 13 games.
The Washington Capitals held an optional practice in front of a full house, Saturday. Half the team, including Head Coach Barry Trotz, was not on the ice. Everyone was energized and in high spirits from the 6-0 shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks the night before.
Instead of a puck, Daniel Winnik started the warm-up with a perforated practice golf ball. Later Braden Holtby and Nate Schmidt shared a silly moment after Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov put a shot past the netminder. Holtbeast playfully slashed Schmidt’s legs, whose dramatics ensued for a fun set of images. Holtby’s face after his payback was priceless.
Post-practice Matt Niskanen even tried to hide from the camera and we shared a laugh. It was a great welcome back to the hockey grind. Enjoy these snaps from the morning practice.
Friday night, the Washington Capitals held another team-building event. This time the Caps threw some rocks and curled north of the border in Ottawa. According to the Capitals, Jay Beagle, Nate Schmidt, Brett Leonhardt, and Tim Ohashi won the match.
But I want to point you to what happened afterwards. The Caps’ three Russians, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov, explored a nearby hockey store in the capital city. Outside the building, there was a giant advertisement of Alex Ovechkin. So naturally the trio had to take a video in front of it.
Tuesday night at Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals hosted regular-season game number 37 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The stakes were low, but by the end of the night, it felt like the Caps had won a playoff series.
Between the Russian hat trick of goals (Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov all scored) to the team’s multiple improbable comebacks, the Caps really wanted to win and their celebrations reflected that.
For instance, when John Carlson scored to tie the game 5-5 late in the third period, the Caps started to punch each other.
Dmitry Orlov may be the player on the Washington Capitals roster that fans and analysts alike are most divided on. Known for his high-risk, high-reward style, Orlov is a dynamic player, but his style of play can lead to very noticeable mistakes when opponents are able to make him pay for his risky and sometimes ill-advised maneuvers. To his detractors credit, the chances that the Caps allow when Orlov is on the ice are often quality chances.
However, the point of many of his defenders is that despite his very noticeable gaffes, Orlov is a net-positive for his team. Since 2014, the Caps have scored 57.5 percent of the total goals when Orlov is on the ice, second only to Mike Green during the span.
Both sides of the Orlov debate have valid points. But on Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, there were many examples of why Orlov’s supporters are willing to excuse so many mistakes. Without his high-risk, high-reward style, the dynamic plays he made last night to help the Caps to victory wouldn’t be possible.
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