Dmitry Orlov was having a fine game on Sunday afternoon during the Washington Capitals' 5-4 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. His second goal of the game came late in the second period and put the home side up 4-2 with 24 minutes left in regulation.
But things turned sour for Orlov and the Capitals midway through the third period. After the puck was dumped in the Flyer's corner, Orlov drilled Brayden Schenn from behind into the boards:
Orlov was given a five minute major for boarding and the Flyers would cut the Washington lead in half with a power play goal, kicking off their third period comeback.
Sitting for five minutes may not be the only punishment for Orlov as the Department of Player Safety announced on Sunday night that they will be having a phone hearing on Monday with the defenseman.
You'll recall, this is not the first time Schenn has been on the receiving end of a controversial hit from a Capitals player this season.
Via the Philadelphia Inquirer, Flyers head coach Craig Berube didn't have too big of a problem with the hit.
"It's hockey," Berube said. "When guys play hard, things happen. Nobody likes a hit from behind - never liked the hit from the time I played the game until now. But it happens. It's a fast game out there."
But the DoPS should see things differently than Berube. Orlov sees Schenn's numbers, slows down his stride and launches himself. He could have easily minimized the contact along the boards, something stressed by the DoPs since Day 1, which is why he'll likely be sitting for some time.
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