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Caps’ Orlov may face league action for shoving an official

Mar 7, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

Washington rookie defenseman Dmitry Orlov might be hearing from the league today, but not because he put a nasty hit on an opponent.

Instead, Orlov could be disciplined by the league for shoving linesman Jean Morin during last night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Hurricanes. Orlov was given a 10-minute misconduct for his shove to Morin during a scrum that erupted after a collision into the boards with Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner. Check out the video from CSN Washington to see Orlov lose his cool.

Orlov appeared to lose his cool in a big way because he may have been slew-footed by Skinner, something Skinner flatly denies to CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley saying he thought Orlov just slipped.

“I didn’t see the position of my feet,” Skinner said. “I just sort of stood my ground. He tried to come and hit me and I slipped. There’s not much I can do there.”

Meanwhile, an anonymous Caps player tells Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times that Skinner was pulling shenanigans all night long.

“If you can get a hold of the tape, you can clearly see his leg come out and trip him there,” said one Capitals player who spoke to The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity. “That’s a terribly dangerous play.”

Even if there was a slew foot involved, it’s an act that hasn’t been punished severely by the league this season. Separate slew foot incidents that have been caught on tape have resulted in $2,500 fines and with Skinner having no previous record, if there was something to warrant action that would likely be the maximum result.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    I can defiantly see orlovs beef because it looked like a sneaky slew foot from skinner. Im not justifying what orlov did (shoving the ref), but if the ref missed the call the least he can do is let orlov try and get retribution with his fists. By not letting them go at it the ref took away skinners accountabilty and might encourage him to do more shenagins.

  2. merchaholic - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Was a total slew-foot. The ref shouldn’t of stopped the fight that was about to happen that would of left Skinner on the ice. lol.

  3. napoleonblownapart6887 - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I’m a Pens fan and typically I will give anyone playing the Caps the benefit of the doubt but jeebus that was a nasty slew foot… off the wall, going fast – Skinner saying he was “standing his ground” was ridiculous.

    Can’t shove a man in stripes though – I can see why he would want to take on the entire arena to get to Skinner though. If Shanny’s going to take a look at this play I hope he get’s a copy of the whole replay….

  4. deeboy - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Looked like a penalty against Skinner that went uncalled. Teams around the league are figuring out that Skinner has a temper and can be goaded into taking penalties if you play right at the penalty threshold with him. A few minutes prior, a Washington player checked Skinner in the offensive zone and followed it up with a gloved rabbit punch as Skinner skated away. I wouldn’t put it past Skinner to be thinking of that incident when this occurred.

    All that said, you cannot shove a ref, regardless of what happened. Skinner and Orlov were both willing to fight. The refs should have let them, but they didn’t. Orlov deserved the penalty and will likely be suspended. Wouldn’t be surprised if Skinner got fined either.

  5. odj810 - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    skinner gets away with alota crap. he plays with the same edge marchand does but he gets away with it somehow. Its just a matter of time.

    • grillmarks - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      Plays with the same edge as Marchand? I want a dose of your crazy pills.

  6. amerika1313 - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Absolutely horrible job by the refs here. They allowed this kind of crap from Skinner all night. That was about the most obvious slewfoot I’ve seen in a long, long time, and Skinner’s lucky Orlov didn’t take that spill into the boards any more awkwardly than he did. Skinner needs to man up and either not pull crap like that, or face up to other players when he does. Total lack of respect there. The refs not allowing them to fight is absolute garbage. They continued to amp Orlov up to the point that he shoved the ref for holding him back when he should have been allowed to go at it with a guy who had just tripped him into the boards, so that was on the officials in my opinion. I’m not saying Orlov should have touched Morin. That’s a no-no. But if those idiots had done their jobs it wouldn’t have come to that.

  7. t16rich - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Tootoo’s is just as bad if not worse. Did Tootoo really think an official tried elbowing him on purpose? What the hell happened last night? Why are these guys pushing linesman? Idiots.

  8. hockeyflow33 - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    That was a legit slewfoot but wow was it sneaky. If you aren’t watching for it to happen you can see how it wouldn’t be called.

    No excuse for pushing a linesman. They aren’t going to call a penalty for you anyways

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