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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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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!


Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short.