Dmitry Orlov flips Matt Duchene with massive hip check (Video)

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche flips over Dmitry Orlov #9 of the Washington Capitals in the first period at Verizon Center on October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche flips over Dmitry Orlov #9 of the Washington Capitals in the first period at Verizon Center on October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov flipped Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene with a perfectly timed hip check in the first period of their Tuesday game.

Here is the video of Orlov and Duchene coming together for the collision hit.

Caps television color analyst Craig Laughlin praised the play as the top hit he has seen from broadcast level.

Here is a great shot by Getty Images of Duchene right after the hit. Fortunately, he seemed to be OK.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche hits the ice after flipping over Dmitry Orlov #9 of the Washington Capitals (not pictured) in the first period at Verizon Center on October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche hits the ice after flipping over Dmitry Orlov #9 of the Washington Capitals (not pictured) in the first period at Verizon Center on October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Orlov has delivered quite a few highlight-reel level hip checks throughout his career. An Orlov hip check in 2012 flipped Steve Downie, then of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In 2011 Orlov sent Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler flying.

And then there was this hip check on Lars Eller when Eller was with the Montreal Canadiens. The two are now teammates with the Caps.

Orlov took out New York Islanders forward Anders Lee with another hip check last season.

On the Duchene hit, Orlov didn’t receive any penalty and Duchene stayed in the game. It was overall just a textbook open ice hit.

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