The Capitals Stopped Playing and It Cost Them a Goal

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The Capitals were up 4-0 against the Tampa Bay Lightning with just over nine minutes to play. The game looked well in hand. Then Dmitry Orlov attempted to flip a puck out of the defensive zone. Instead, it was battled down by Anton Stralman past the blueline. Stralman then reentered the zone. The play looked, at game speed, to be clearly offside. The Capitals benched roared at the linesmen. Nevertheless, play went on. A few seconds later, Tampa had a goal, the start of an impressive third period that could have cost the Capitals the game.

“I thought it was, but I mean I can’t see that,” Capitals goalie Braden Holtby said. “You usually have plays like that just blown down.”

The Caps clearly expected it would be. Jason Chimera, Andre Burakovsky, Jay Beagle, Trevis (?) Chorney, and Orlov all stopped for a second. In the meantime, the Bolts set up in the offensive zone and Brian Boyle one-timed a puck past Holtby.

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Dmitry Orlov is on 🔥. He’s got three goals in his last three games. His latest tally was thanks to a fantastic array of tiny plays by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

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The Capitals didn’t deserve to win Monday’s game against the Oilers, but Dmitry Orlov‘s railgun of a slapshot in the final seven minutes gave them the win anyway.

Look at this. Yer gonna love it.

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Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov just scored his first goal since March 2, 2014 and his first goal since missing all of last season due to a broken wrist.

The tally was ridiculous.

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Dmitry Orlov is having himself a game against the Bruins. He assisted on Brooks Laich’s second period goal. A shift later he leveled Matt Beleskey at center ice in what looked like a hockey car crash. Beleskey had his head down and Orlov caught him right in the chest at center ice.

Watch the carnage and Beleskey’s stick fly out of his hands.

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Dmitry Orlov: Tilting the Ice Like a Boss

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There didn’t seem to be a lot of anxiety surrounding Dmitry Orlov being penciled in on the Caps third defensive pair entering this season. After all, what could go wrong with a guy who only had 119 NHL games under his belt and had just missed an entire season due to injury? But so far, so good for the Caps Russian defender. Actually, so far, so great. Orlov has been great on the Caps third pair, tilting the ice at an elite level.

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For the first time this season, Alex Ovechkin didn’t score in Friday’s monster win over the Edmonton Oilers. Instead he had to settle for two assists — and apparently a puppy. In an Instagram photo shared Saturday evening, Ovechkin and fiancee Nastya Shubskaya posed with their new dog, a flopsy black puppy named Blaik. “Get to know the new member of the family,” Ovechkin writes.

And one more thing: Ovi is dressed like Batman. That’s because the Capitals are having their Halloween Party tonight. Oh yes.

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The Washington Capitals’ top line can’t stop scoring. On Thursday they KO’d another hockey team, this time the Vancouver Canucks. It was the first time the Capitals have won in Vancouver’s home barn since Valentine’s Day 2001, and it was all thanks to the Russians. Workers of the world, unite!

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Halfway through Tuesday’s game, the Caps were deep in a two-goal hole plus one and they looked pitiful. To the rescue came Dmitry Orlov, aided by Jay Beagle, who screened San Jose Sharks netminder Martin Jones.

That should have been Orlov’s first goal since the spring of 2014, but San Jose coach Pete DeBoer is a cranky-ass party pooper. Issuing the first coach’s challenge we’ve seen so far, DeBoer forced referee Tim Peel and company to review the play, which they did by looking at what looked like a Wii U remote.

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Capitals celebrated all twelve months of the year with Homeward Trails’ Animal Rescue dogs for the 2015-16 Caps Canine Calendar. Each month had its own silly theme based on a season or holiday, with the players and dogs dressed accordingly.

Here’s a quick preview: Caps roomies Tom Wilson and Michael Latta celebrated Valentine’s Day by putting roses in their mouth for February; Braden Holtby wore a sombrero and poncho for Cinco de Mayo; and Karl Alzner dressed in a skin-tight skeleton costume with his dogs for Halloween in October.

January models Andre Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson had problems. By the time the photographer was ready for them, the puppies they were carrying fell asleep in their arms. Adorable, but improvisation was needed. The New Years theme became “falling asleep before midnight.” After two rounds of throwing balloons, the crew tried popping confetti champagne bottles that startled the two pups awake in the middle of the take. The Swedes handled it well: with many puppy kisses.

After the main sets, the photographer did sessions with the player families that wanted their own set of photos. #SquadGoals.

Prepare yourself for enormous amounts of adorable. We can’t wait to buy this calendar.

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