Caps fans have always marveled at Dmitry Orlov‘s offensive ability, but the dude can absolutely wreck people too.
The latest example was Orly’s first period hip check of Anders Lee.
Photo: Alex Brandon
I was working on my new patio on Sunday night, so I missed the entire Washington Capitals/Buffalo Sabres preseason game. Bummer, I know. Luckily for me, Steve Wilhite of CompuServe invented GIFs in the late 80s, so I didn’t to have to miss one of the greatest hip checks ever.
And I’m saying that last part seriously, without hyperbole.
Australian Nathan Walker is teeny-tiny. He’s a baby joey hanging out in his mama’s pouch. But when Walker knocked Vaclav Karabacek heels-over-head on Sunday night, his slight 5-foot-8 frame didn’t matter.
Look at this.
Photo credit: Mike Stobe
Hershey Bears call-up Steve Oleksy has played only three games in the NHL, but he’s made a big impression already. During his Washington Capitals debut, he scored his first NHL point, and he leveled Shawn Thornton with a highlight-reel hit. A few nights later against Florida, Oleksy walloped Mike Santorelli with a big hip check. And against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Oleksy continued his exposition of the most risky hit in hockey, hip-checking Matt Martin to the ice.
Steve Oleksy is quickly becoming a fan favorite here in DC. In his first game with the Caps, the 27-year-old defenseman scored his first NHL point with a secondary assist on a Mike Ribeiro goal. He also had a huge first period hit on Shawn Thornton. On Thursday night against the Panthers, Oleksy showed he can get fancy with his hits too, hip-checking Mike Santorelli hard into the boards.
Video is below the jump.