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RMNB reader and mega Caps fan Max attended Tuesday’s exhibition game at FedEx Field between Inter Milan and Manchester United. Because, like I said, Max is a mega Caps fan, he donned his Caps hat instead of the traditional soccer kit or scarf or something. (I barely watch soccer, my bad.) That decision worked out well for young Max.

Sitting in his same section were Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. The Russian Caps spotted Max in his Weagle hat and — get this — asked Max to come over.

Selfies ensued.

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We’re still 7 weeks away from training camp, but two important Washington Capitals players have already made it back to the district: Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov.

(A whole month early for training?! What a bunch of lazy, unreliable Russians! Am I doing this right?)

We were tipped off to the players’ movements when Kuznetsov posted a selfie with his wife on Instagram shortly after boarding a plane at 2AM on Thursday. His caption was, “✈️✈️✈️ DC,” which means either that he had two connecting flights or — like me — he realizes that emoticons are effective only if you repeat them a lot.

Eight hours later, Orlov posted a photo posing with his girlfriend at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in D.C. I cannot tell if his broken left arm is healed or out of the cast yet.

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Offensive Defensemen and the Orlov Myth

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First, a quick literature review.

“Orlov is a talented, smooth skating offensive defenseman who prefers to press the attack and create scoring opportunities at all times.”

 – Hockey’s Future. No date provided.

Q: The public at large in the U.S. knows only that Orlov is a D-man. Is he a “stay-at-home” defenseman or an offensive defenseman?

A: I would say it’s offensive… But we don’t know what the coach says in the locker room. He’s not a “stay-at-home” defenseman, that’s for sure. His attacking skills have actually led him to play some games as a forward. He scored twice that game.

Evgeni Starikov, a Metallurg Novokuznetsk fan, to RMNB. January 2010.

“He loves to attack on the rush and this will lead to him earning points on a team like the Capitals (though they have become more defense-minded).”

– Dobber Hockey. April 2012.

He’s a great offensive player. He’s very effective on the power play and everything. It definitely hurts when he’s not there.”

– Cam Schilling to the Washington Times. December 2012.

Since even before Dmitry Orlov made his Caps debut back in 2011-12, we’ve heard that he’s an offensive defenseman, the eventual successor to Mike Green’s throne as the Caps blue liner most likely to attack.

I’m not so sure.

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Orlov at the airport after his surgery. (Photo: @Orly_81)

Buried in the news of Mitch Korn being hired as the Capitals new goalie coach, comes a nugget that no one will like to hear. Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who was injured in a World Championship game May 12th against the United States, may miss parts of training camp, the preseason, and at worst – a month and a half of the regular season – due to a broken wrist.

The news was first reported by The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt.

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Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov played in only three games for Team Russia during the World Championship. Dima’s tournament ended after he broke his arm and returned to North America to get surgery.

Orlov watched from home on Sunday as Russia defeated Finland 5-2 in the gold medal game. On Instagram afterwards, an excited Orlov tweeted a photo with the caption:

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Dmitry Orlov: 2013-14 Season Review

Photo: Justin K. Aller

Dmitry Orlov‘s season didn’t get started until Thanksgiving, but once he got going he was darn good. Still, I can’t help but think that he’s not the kind of player we used to think he was.

By the Numbers

54 Games played
19.2 Average time on ice per game
3 Goals
8 Assists
51.3% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
47.8% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.3% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
92.0% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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FHR.ru, Team Russia’s official site, is reporting that injured Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has a broken arm and is returning to Washington immediately to be looked at by team doctors. Orlov finishes his first career World Championship with an assist on an Alex Ovechkin goal. He primarily played on Russia’s first defensive pairing with Denis Denisov.

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BFF’s Dmitry Orlov and Alexander Burmistrov cheese for the camera (Photo: Sport-Express)

There isn’t much information yet, but Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov got injured late in the second period of Russia’s 6-1 throttling of the United States on Monday. Orlov did not return for the third period. The exact nature of his injury is unknown.

After the game, Team Russia head coach Oleg Znarok confirmed Orlov would be unavailable Wednesday against Kazakhstan, but did not further discuss the injury.

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2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Andre Ringuette

Back at the Olympics, Team Russia got eliminated from medal contention by Finland. It was sad. Even the mascot, the Sochi Bear, which literally had a smile fixed on its face, couldn’t keep it together.

Russia got revenge on Sunday, though some of the names and faces were changed. Buoyed by an Alex Ovechkin power-play goal (his second of the tournament), Russia beat Finland 4-2, ending a year-long losing streak to the Finns. It was Ovechkin’s second goal and his third point of the tournament.

Russia is now 2-0 in the World Championship and has outscored its opponents 9-2. Without Teemu Selanne, who is busy or something, Finland is 0-2 and may miss out on even qualifying for the playoffs.

Ovechkin’s goal was assisted by Dmitry Orlov.

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Team Russia walloped Switzerland in the opening game of the 2014 World Championships in Minsk today. The fabled Russian offense, mostly inert in Sochi, delivered five goals while goalie Sergei Bobrovsky turned away all 27 shots he faced from the Swiss.

Newly named captain, Alex Ovechkin, also scored a goal and tallied an assist in the beatdown.

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