Dmitry Orlov has caught a lot of heat for his defensive lapses. At the beginning of December, we detailed a game lost solely, perhaps, by Orlov’s missteps. And yet Orlov still enjoys a strong following, based partially on his talent for driving play.
That seeming contradiction — Orlov as a possession powerhouse who can’t be trusted in his own end — raised a curious thought: is Orlov a corsi-gamer? Is he what Barry Trotz would call a “businessman”?
When they’re in town together, the Caps Russians always celebrate their birthdays by going out for a big, fancy dinner. Friday night after the Caps 4-0 shutout victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, birthday boy TJ Oshie became an honorary Russian.
Wearing matching grey-colored TJ Oshie 30th birthday shirts, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov took Osh Babe to the Russian restaurant Mari Vanna in Washington DC.
“We playing hard, working hard, and I did two bad mistakes and it cost our game,” Dmitry Orlov said to the media after the Caps’ 3-0 loss last night.
The 25-year-old defenseman committed two turnovers (one somewhat unlucky, the other egregious) three minutes apart in the third period. Jason Chimera would later conjure a Chimiracle to close the scoring.
For Orlov, the costly mistakes continue to be The One Bad Thing in a career full of Great Things: big hits, highlight-reel goals, and top-notch possession numbers.
On a night where Alex Ovechkin scored a hat trick and six of the game’s seven goals were scored by Russians, of course the prettiest play of the evening came from a pair of comrades.
6:31 into the third period, Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov carried the puck into the offensive zone and surged ahead of a surprised Jay Bouwmeester. As Evgeny Kuznetsov drove hard to the net, Orlov hit the center with a breathtaking backhanded pass, which the Chelyabinsk native tapped home for his third goal of the season.
We’ll find out later today what the name and logo will be for the NHL’s new team in Las Vegas. But we already know who one NHL analyst believes the team will take in the expansion draft next spring.
TSN analyst Craig Button shared his draft predictions today, and former Caps and current Preds beat writer Adam Vingan was kind enough to post a screenshot on Twitter. Button believes the Vegas team will take defenseman Dmitry Orlov from the Caps.
Outscored 7-2 in their last two games against bottom-dwelling teams, the Washington Capitals’ play of late was becoming panic inducing. But Wednesday night, the Capitals erased all fears after they exploded for 7 goals against rival Pittsburgh.
Let’s relive them all.
After the Caps’ 5-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Alex Ovechkin, Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov returned home and bought a pay-per-view.
The players stayed up late to watch the UFC’s historic first visit to Madison Square Garden. Conor McGregor headlined the UFC 205 card and the “Notorious” Irishman knocked out Eddie Alvarez in Round 2. McGregor’s win made him the first combat fighter in UFC history to hold two belts in two different weight divisions.
Each Caps player documented their night on social media. Please prepare yourself for several thrilling vertical videos taken by the players of their respective TVs.
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