It's been so long since the NHL's Department of Player Safety had to make a suspension video, I was sort of hoping this one would be prefaced with a getting-the-band-back-together montage. Maybe Patrick Burke, roller blading through Minnesota, rounding up his buddies and doing sweet tricks and jumps, like Charlie Conway and friends in D2.
Obviously the DOPS is a little rusty here. It's been nearly two months since they've had to make one of these. But maybe they should have stretched a little before. Two games? That's all?
"Orlov tracks Schenn from behind, and then launches into him with significant force, driving up and through Schenn's numbers, causing him to crash up and violently into the glass," Burke says. "This is boarding."
But we're not talking about a hit in the moment here. As the video demonstrates, this is a predatory, retaliatory hit. Orlov is reacting to a clean check, and his response is an obviously illegal one. He seizes a moment of revenge and crosses the line completely. You'd think, context in, this would warrant more than two games.
Orlov deserves a suspension -- of that there's no doubt. But he deserves a longer one.