Before the Capitals had another one of those games against the Flyers on Wednesday night, Mike Vogel interviewed Brooks Laich following the morning skate. With the trade deadline fast approaching, things were very tense. Very serious. And then Nicklas Backstrom made a cameo.
But in the third period, Dima committed one of the most foolish penalties of his career. After taking a rough but clean hit from Brayden Schenn in the defensive zone, Orlov decided it was time for payback a little bit later.
Orlov lined Schenn up, leaped, and hit Schenn face-first into the boards. Schenn’s head bounced off the glass. Schenn skated gingerly off the ice.
Photo: Rob Carr
In the first period, Dmitry Orlov scored his first goal since December 15th. In the second period, Dima got another. O RLY?
The SCOARLOV only happened though because of a heads up play (or maybe a life-saving decision) by Jason Chimera. The Ice Cheetah, laying helpless in the slot after being mauled (see what I did there?) by a Flyers player, lifted his legs up ice so Orly’s shot could hit the net.
It certainly did.
For as bad as the Washington Capitals defense has been this season, Braden Holtby has done his best to weather the storm.
He did so again on Sunday, after the Caps got confused in the defensive zone and allowed Wayne Simmonds a semi-breakaway.
Simmonds made a deke, catching the Holtbeast flat-footed. Holtby lost his balance, but then did something miraculous.
Masochists: this one is for you. In the first period, Nicklas Backstrom thought he scored what looked to be goal number 13 on the year. Brooks Laich raised his arms in the air to celebrate.
But apparently that raincloud is still following Nicky around.
The official waved no goal, and play continued. The play was reviewed at the next whistle.
The Washington Capitals had their second straight matinee on Sunday, this time taking on the Philadelphia Flyers. And on Washington’s first goal of the game, they got a SCOARLOV.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has unrivaled puck skills. So much so that juggling the puck has become easy for him. In years past, Ovechkin would pull the move off only in All-Star Game breakaway challenges. Now he’s using the move in games and has even scored with it.
Saturday, Ovechkin juggled the puck again, this time after his and Patrice Bergeron’s sticks knocked the puck air-borne in the neutral zone.
Brad Marchand is called a pest. That’s the polite way of saying he’s a miserable player of middling ability who’s mostly known for being a scuba-certified diving instructor and an insufferabe troll. He made that second part clear in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Bruins, when Marchand attempted to emasculate Joel Ward.
In a season full of historic accomplishments, Alex Ovechkin had another in Boston on Saturday. The 28-year-old Washington Capitals captain became the 148th player in NHL history to score 800 career points.
Ovechkin, who was five points away of the milestone after the Olympic break, needed only four periods and change to reach the mark.
Ovechkin debuted for the Capitals on October 5, 2005, and is playing in his 658th NHL game.
Point number 800 was a beautiful, unstoppable one-time power play goal. Tuuka Rask never had a chance.