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Video: Orlov suspended two games for boarding Schenn

Mar 3, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

The NHL has suspended Washington defenseman Dmity Orlov two games for what the league deemed an illegal, retaliatory hit from behind on Philadelphia’s Brayden Schenn.

Schenn did not suffer a serious injury on the play, and Orlov has no disciplinary history.

Still, the league ruled that the onus was on Orlov to “avoid this check entirely, or, at the very least, to minimize it,” instead of “exploding up and into the hit, to deliver a violent check.”

Under terms of the CBA, Orlov will forfeit $7,076.92 in salary, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. lowenni - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Ugh. As a Caps fan this suspension annoys me because Dima (Orlov)’s really been hitting his stride lately, but it’s the right decision. Dima’s not a dirty player, more like young and reckless, but there’s no question that hit was an intentional board and he deserves these two games. At least Hillen is back now to take his place, and hopefully after these two games we can see John Erskine gone also.

  2. chef24g - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    That is a joke of a number!!!! minimum should be 5 games. They say they want to protect players, this is not how you do it… Mandatory minimum 5 game and up….for any player hitting that reckless from behind..

    • dcfan4life - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Zero disciplinary history. Zero character issues. Zero reason to do 5 games. I could see 3 as the max but 2 is fair. Orlov might have lost that crucially important game by himself earning the ire from his teammates and fans with that hit, and hes not a dirty player trying to make a name for himself or anything to such a point. He lost his cool and got the punishment he deserves.

      • chef24g - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        the nhl is not serious about taking hits from behind out of the game… minimum 5 games for ANY player who hits directly from behind. past should not matter….for any decision… bad decisions are bad decisions…

  3. bwayblueshirt - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Lucky Orlov. If Schenn had been hurt, 5-10 games easy. I winced watching this hit live. I was shocked he got up.

    • walleye9000 - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      Orlov made a very bad decision to make that hit. Deserves the suspension but Scheen went to the bench and laughed. Watch the hit he threw his head back flopped to the ground and the took a peek to see if he got the call. Philly floppers at there best he learned fast, or they teach them the Philly flop in camp.

    • soccerphanatic - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      The fact that Schenn knew that Orlov was there probably saved him from getting hurt. If he hadn’t looked over his shoulder as he got the puck, he probably would have been injured. Instead, he was able to brace for some contact, though he probably wasn’t expecting that hard of a hit.

  4. joey4id - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    This is the right call. Based under the current guidelines the suspension is indicative of the status of the player who was hit. No injury is equal to 2 games. If Schenn would have left the game and not return then the suspension would have been stiffer. Read the following carefully before you click thumbs down.

    I’m stating that under the current CBA and NHL rules Orlov rec’d the appropriate number of games. (Now you can click thumbs down)

  5. sjsharks66 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    2 games is perfectly fair. Schenn popped right back up and continued the game. If he was seriously injured then yes, 5+ games.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

      Same hit on Crosby 5 games even if Crosby pops up an scores a hat trick on the major advantage hahaha !

      • killerpgh - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Can you name one time a player have been suspended for doing anything to Crosby? D-bag fans love to say Crosby gets special treatment yet no NHL player has ever been suspended for cheap shooting him like you were trying to say. And as far as special treatment goes Crosby is usually near the top in the league in minor penalties called against them so that shots that theory as well. The last season Crosby played majority of a regular season his finished 14th in the NHL in in minor penalties call against him (Malkin was 3rd that year). Some special treatment….

    • lowenni - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      So sick of those Crosby jokes. I’m a Caps fan too, I despise him, but honestly the jokes are old. That just isn’t true. Crosby’s a great player, he’s not the whiner he was in his rookie year anymore, and he’s a great leader and face for this game, it’s time people start appreciating him instead of hating him for being great.

  6. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Deserved that suspension…no one should say that any players deserves what Schenn received.

    Dirty play and retaliation for the earlier hit moments before.

  7. killerpgh - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Kind of a surpise to me. I figured it would be just a fine.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Was it surprise because it wasn’t crysby ?

      • killerpgh - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Are you retarded? Does your response even make sense to you? Above you says that that same hit on Crosby would mean the player gets 5 games. I say I thought it would of been just fine and now you think it’s about Crosby. Seems like someone has Crosby on his/her mind a lot.

  8. tcclark - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Based on how they’ve been suspending players the past couple of years I think this is fair, but I still think this is stupid. He got a five minute major and cost his team the game. That punishment more than fits the crime (and I’m a Flyers fan). I promise you he won’t be doing anything that stupid ever again.

    This is hockey. We don’t need suspensions and fines on every illegal check. Give the guy a penalty and let the players police themselves on the rest. The NHL has never been a league full of prima donnas because the players keep themselves in line. The more we baby them the more spoiled they’ll begin to behave and then we’re watching the NBA where every little contact gets called.

    I’m not saying we shouldn’t suspend anyone, but if you made every boarding or charging call a five minute major, I bet you they’d go away a lot faster. Make a guy sit in the box and watch as his teammates try to clean up his mess. If that’s not bad enough the other team will send someone out to beat the crap out of him when he gets out of the box. Problem solved.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 4, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      I nearly agree with what you wrote, tc; however, the 5-minute major would have been enough had Orlov not left his feet to sail into Schenn. A hard check is all well and good; but, Orlov’s intent was to injure, not just check. Schenn did get up and continued the game; but, I’m betting he was and still is in pain.

      • tcclark - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        That’s why he got a major and not a minor. Do they not call boarding minors anymore?

        ORlov was clearly trying to make up for the big hit that Schenn gave him seconds earlier, but I think it’s extreme to say that he was trying to injure him. I think he was a young kid who just got showed up by a guy smaller than him and wanted to save some of his dignity by laying a big hit on the guy. He made a stupid mistake and it cost his team the game. He has no history of dirty hits and overall seems like a kid who made a stupid mistake to me.

    • matthewmacisaac - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      As a Flyers fan, I thought he would get suspended for more than two games, not because he’s a dirty player (he’s not) but because he lost control of his emotions out there. He was pissedbecause he was hit hard (but cleanly) by Schenn and when he saw his chance to retaliate, he did , even though it was a dangerous hit. I was just hoping they didn’t suspend him before the game Wednesday, so the Flyers could make him pay on ice. To the nitwits that say Schenn flopped, let’s see you get hit like that and not go down and take a couple seconds to get your wits about you. Yes, he got up smiling, but I think he was trying to hide how much that hurt. When Stamkos obviously broke his leg, they only listed it as a “lower body injury”. Teams and players try to hide how bad things are all the time.

  9. nicofthenorthstar - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Huh. Seems like Schenn should bear more responsibility to protect himself than this two game suspension would imply. Dangerous hit regardless, though not as bad as many that receive equal or less suspension time.

    • ziplock10 - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      He knew it was coming. They see clearly off the glass. He’s not stupid. Orlov gets testy sometimes. They were down 2. Vet move. Nice comeback.

  10. futuisflyers - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Schenn is a character guy.

  11. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    I’m seriously surprised he was suspended. I know it was deserving of atleast a game but the league has just been so inconsistent with their decisions. Usually it takes an injury to get two (or more) games, or atleast that’s the precedent that’s been set. Orlov made a mistake, he’ll serve his time, and Schenn won’t miss any time, which is the most important thing.

    • raoool - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      the inconsistency is why nothing’s a surprise.

      I still think they just throw darts to pick a ruling

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