Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia is reporting that the Department of Player Safety has suspended Dmitry Orlov two games for his boarding hit on Brayden Schenn during Sunday’s home game against the Philadelphia Flyers. (UPDATE: Confirmed by the NHL.) Schenn was apparently not injured on the play, but Orlov’s hit constituted a charge, a blindside hit, and an airborne hit.
Dmitry Orlov will be suspended 2 games for his hit on Brayden Schenn yesterday, I am told.
— Sarah Baicker (@sbbaicker) March 3, 2014
Orlov was assessed a five-minute major penalty for the charge, during which the Flyers scored one goal. The Capitals went on to lose in overtime.
Orlov will be eligible to return on Saturday’s game against Phoenix.
This isn’t Orlov’s first scrape with the law. He was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty in 2012 for shoving an official, though he was not suspended for the violation.
Update: The Department of Player Safety has published this video:
Update 4:40 PM: The Capital have recalled Jack Hillen:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 3, 2014
Capitals Recall Hillen from Hershey
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Jack Hillen from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Hillen, 28, played in two games with the Capitals this season before suffering a right tibial plateau fracture on Oct. 3 against Calgary. The Minnetonka, Minn., native missed 57 games due to the injury this season and was re-assigned to Hershey on a long-term injury/illness exception conditioning loan on Feb. 25. Hillen appeared in two games with the Bears and earned two assists on March 2 at Charlotte.
The 5’10”, 190-pound blueliner has collected 65 points (13 goals, 52 assists) and 143 penalty minutes in 255 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Nashville and Washington. Hillen spent four seasons with Colorado College of the WCHA and earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, WCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA (West) First All-American Team honors during his senior season in 2008. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Islanders on April 1, 2008.
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