Dirty Hit? Matt Martin Boards Dmitry Orlov (GIF)

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Eighteen minutes into the second period of Tuesday’s Capitals-Islanders game, New York’s Matt Martin boarded Dmitry Orlov.

About 15 feet inside the Islanders zone, Orlov gained the puck. He teed up to pass it deeper, turning his body into the pass. That’s when Matt Martin, skating from the other side of the ice, put a shoulder and elbow into the back of Orlov’s shoulder.

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Steve Oleksy

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.

Video below.

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