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Orlov fools everyone with hidden puck trick


Orlov fools everyone with hidden puck trick

Assuming Dmitry Orlov will someday have children and grandchildren, there is no doubt the Capitals’ 24-year-old defenseman will tell them about the hidden-puck goal he scored on the night of Nov. 21, 2015.

It happened midway through the third period of a 7-3 rout over the Colorado Avalanche and it left little doubt that the broken wrist that kept him out of the entire 2014-15 season has healed to perfection.

Orlov carried the puck into the offensive zone with a head of steam and tore a page out of Alex Ovechkin’s book by faking a shot and pulling the puck between his legs, leaving Colorado defenseman Nick Holden and forward Carl Soderberg in his wake.

Orlov then sent a shot off the left shoulder of goaltender Calvin Pickard, who thought the puck landed somewhere in his pads. While all 10 players looked around for the puck, Orlov carried it behind the net, juggling it off his chest and down to his skates, backpedaling to the front for an open netter before anyone knew he had it.

“I look around and like everybody can’t see it, so I thought, OK, I have a chance,” Orlov said. “I was scared (the referee) would make a whistle. I can see it’s an empty net, so I wait, wait, wait and then they start moving toward me. It was kind of a funny situation.”

Funny to everyone but the Avalanche, who were being humiliated by the Caps’ onslaught. Four different Caps defensemen scored goals in the rout, but Nate Schmidt admitted Orlov’s was the best.   

“That was a beauty,” said Schmidt, who also netted his first of the season. “No one knew where the puck was. Chorns (Taylor Chorney) came off the ice and he was like, ‘I was looking inside the goalie’s pads for it and all of a sudden it’s in the net.”

The goal was Orlov’s first in the NHL since March 2, 2014, a span of more than 20 months. And most of the people in Verizon Center needed a video replay to know what happened.

“I had no clue,” Caps coach Barry Trotz said. “I thought it was in the stands. I had no idea. Everybody was jumping up and the only thing I heard was (assistant coach) Todd Reirden yelling, ‘Stay with it, stay with it, stay with it.’ And Orly put it in the back of the net.”

And now he has video evidence to show his future generations.

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Red Wings

3 reasons the Caps beat the Red Wings

Not much separated the Washington Capitals and the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. A late 2-on-0 goal for Brett Connolly proved to be the difference.

Here's why the Caps ultimately walked away with the 1-0 win.

A first period goalie interference call

Andreas Athanasiou thought he had given the Red Wings a first period lead, but Barry Trotz challenged the call for goalie interference. The review showed that Tyler Bertuzzi clipped Philipp Grubauer in the head with an elbow right before the shot went in. Given how long it took the Caps to get going in this game, it is fair to say an early deficit would have been hard to overcome.


Killing off a full two-minute 5-on-3

Two man advantages are hard to kill. Killing off a full two-minutes at 5-on-3, that's a tall task. With the game still scoreless in the second period, T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller were both assessed penalties giving Detroit two-full minutes at 5-on-3. The Red Wings managed four shots on goal, but Washington was able to successfully kill off the penalty and keep the game scoreless.

Philipp Grubauer

There were few players who had strong efforts on Tuesday, but Grubauer was phenomenal. Even when the game felt sleepy in the first two periods, Detroit still managed 28 shots on goal, all of which were turned aside by the German netminder. When Washington finally took the lead in the third, the Red Wings woke up and began pushing the offense, but Grubauer was in the zone at that point and could not be beaten. His best save came in the third period when he stared down a breakaway from Athanasiou and extended the pad to deny the shot.


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Tarik's 3 stars: Grubauer, Caps shut down the Red Wings

Tarik's 3 stars: Grubauer, Caps shut down the Red Wings

It wasn’t pretty but the Caps eventually got what they needed in Detroit: two points.  

After a sleepy first 40 minutes, Brett Connolly scored midway through the third period and then Philipp Grubauer made sure it stood up at Little Caesars Arena, where Washington eked out a 1-0 victory Thursday over the scuffling Red Wings.


Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Philipp Grubauer, Capitals

For much of the game, Grubi was left to fend for himself. Good thing for the Caps he was up to the task. The German netminder, who has been one of the NHL’s top goaltenders since Thanksgiving, turned aside 39 shots, including three stops on a pivotal 5-on-3 penalty kill in the second period.

2-Brett Connolly, Capitals

The Caps didn’t get many Grade-A opportunities vs. Jimmy Howard. But Connolly buried one of the few they got…on a 2-on-0, set up by Jakub Vrana in the third period.

Connolly’s goal was his 15th of the season in his 63rd game, equaling the career-high he set a year ago in 66 contests. Vrana, meantime, has three goals and five assists since getting scratched 12 games ago.

3-Lars Eller, Capitals

Eller didn’t record a point, but he was all over the puck in Motown. The veteran center finished with a game-high six shots on net. He also had a key backcheck against Darren Helm, on a shorthanded breakaway, in the first period.

Eller was good in the dot, too, winning eight of 12 faceoffs.

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