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Dmitry Orlov Starts It, Alex Ovechkin Ends It

Lost in the celebration of Alex Ovechkin's game-tying goal against the Devils was a slick breakout started by Dmitry Orlov.

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On Saturday against the New Jersey Devils the Capitals came from behind three times to finally secure the win. The first of those comebacks came when Alex Ovechkin scored yet another goal in which he was somehow wide open in front of the net, on a pass from Dmitry Orlov.

While everyone noticed the goal, the breakout that started the whole play went mostly overlooked. Mostly:

Thanks to our own B.Sheridan, now I have the visual evidence to prove I wasn't making things up:

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That's the kind of slick play down low that can help mitigate Brooks Orpik's, uh, limited puck skills. They've been a surprisingly strong and balanced defensive pair of late, as Orpik mitigates Orlov's, uh, defensive adventures to an even extent.

Given the recent acquisition of Mike Weber, we'll have to watch to keep an eye on Orlov's ice time, but calm, controlled plays like this certainly should help his cause.