Dmitry Orlov is one of the best hitters in the NHL, and Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils, the Russian defenseman laid out Taylor Hall with a monster hit.
The reigning Hart Trophy-winner tried to dipsy-doo around Orly to the middle of the ice and NOPE.
A big fat NOPE. That goal was not accomplished.
First, let’s look at the highlight in real-time because I need you to understand how jolting this clean, beautiful bodycheck was.
In slow motion, Orlov nails Hall in the right shoulder, causing the Canadian center to go airborne.
Orlov leveled this hit even after missing with a pokecheck.
Last January, Hall felt a similar wrath from Brooks Orpik, who hit the forward with another clean open-ice hit. The impact broke Hall’s stick in half.
Note to Taylor: Keep it simple against the Caps D or you will pay for it.
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