Laying a vicious hit on the Philadelphia Flyers’ Brayden Schenn has earned defenseman Dmitry Orlov a two-game suspension. During Sunday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers, Schenn handed Orlov a hard but clean hit. Shortly after, Orlov retaliated by checking Schenn right in the numbers. After bouncing forcefully from the glass, Schenn crumpled to ice, and Orlov was given a five-minute major for boarding. Orlov’s game had taken an unpleasant turn quickly, given that he’d already scored two goals in the game, and the penalty he took enabled the Flyers to begin their comeback.
It was predicted that Orlov would receive disciplinary action for the hit. This turned out to be the case, as it was announced earlier that he had been suspended for two games. Brendan Shanahan surely took into consideration Orlov’s previously clean record. As stated in Shanahan’s explanation, Orlov had never been fined nor suspended in 101 games played in the NHL.
Orlov’s absence will add to the Caps’ slew of defensive woes. Adam Oates has recently paired him with Mike Green, with mixed results. Karl Alzner and John Carlson currently comprise the Caps’ top defensive pairing, with John Erskine and Connor Carrick partnering for the third. And with Jack Hillen’s return on the horizon, questions about Orlov’s future in Washington may arise. He did request a trade earlier in the season, after all–and rescinded it after receiving the playing time he desired.
History aside, what do you think? Did the hit merit a two-game suspension? Should Orlov have been suspended for fewer games, or more? Sound off in the comments below.