Dmitry Orlov got a 10-minute misconduct for “abuse of officials.” That he wasn’t throw out of Tuesday night’s game was probably a lucky break for the young Washington Capitals defenseman.
During a post-whistle fracas, Orlov was trying to get at Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, who took him down at the other end of the ice. But in the process, he shoved linesman Jean Morin with both arms.
Morin appeared to mouth at that point that Orlov was gone. Orlov did not get tossed from the game.
Caps coach Dale Hunter admitted he didn’t see Skinner’s hit or Orlov’s incident with Morin.
“That was at the other far corner I couldn’t see,” Hunter said. “Both of them, I’ll look at the replay.”
Hunter said he wasn’t given an explanation for why Orlov was given the misconduct.
It’s very possible Orlov faces some sort of supplemental discipline for shoving Morin, though it was not immediately clear if he was more likely to get suspended or receive a fine. A decision, if there is one, will probably come Wednesday.