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This one was a long time coming. Dmitry Orlov’s call-up in mid-November was designed to bring a spark to the struggling Washington Capitals, and it did a lot of that.
On Sunday, he finally put the puck in the net. It was his first career goal and proved to be the game-winner as the Caps beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 at Verizon Center for their third straight victory.
“I was waiting for this moment to come, and it finally came today. I’m just extremely happy that it happened today,”Orlov said through an interpreter. “I’m also happy this was a game-winning goal because we, as a team, won. We need to get the points, especially in the tight and difficult games like this. So obviously, the emotions are very positive.”
With it, Washington moved into first place in the Southeast Division for the first time since Nov. 18. Since then, struggles cost Bruce Boudreau his job, but now Dale Hunter’s team is atop the division.
“This is where we hope to be, I guess. And we’re happy that we are where we are,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “And it’s nice to see that we can have a season that everybody’s saying is not very good and still be in a good spot.”
An even better spot when they wake up Monday because of Orlov. In training camp, he impressed with a heavy shot that had no trouble getting through traffic, but it was believed the 20-year-old needed time to develop.
Try 15 games with the Hershey (AHL) before he got the tap on the shoulder and promotion to the Capitals on Nov. 20. He has been a dependable and indispensable part of the Washington blue line ever since.
Orlov talked about managing the risk-reward part of his game, but it wasn’t hard to tell that the reins were on him in his first call-up. He didn’t jump up into the play too much and was judicious when coming up with a big hit.
Then there was the booming shot that Orlov had trouble hitting the net with. So Sunday, he used a little bit of old-fashioned hustle to score from a few feet away.
“We talk about that shot all the time in practice and in games when he lets it go,” Alzner said. “I’m sure he’s going to score a few like that, but that’s a good goal, too.”
Orlov crashed the net very early in the third period and was in perfect position when left wing Jason Chimera’s shot bounced off Carolina goaltender Cam Ward’s right pad. Orlov threw the puck back on goal, banking it off Ward and into the net.
“The puck landed in my skate and on my stick, and I just shot the puck off of the guy’s back,” Orlov said. “It was a very weird angle; it felt like I was almost behind the net when it happened.”
At that point, it would have been impossible to wipe the smile off his face. He did a celebration reminiscent of one Wayne Gretzky did after many of his 894 goals.
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