In the postseason every gaffe, penalty, and bounce of the puck can be the difference in a win or loss or even advancing or going fishing for the spring. Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov will be thinking and wishing he could have one sequence during Wednesday’s Game 4 loss to the Penguins all over again.
In the second period with his team trailing 1-0, Orlov was unable to corral a centering pass by Penguins forward Jake Guentzel in the defensive zone. The puck bounced off his skate and right into net past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby for an own-goal.
Orlov’s facial expression as he skated off the ice said it all. The devastating gaffe put the Penguins up 2-0.
“It just bounced so hard and go in the net. Bad bounce for us… It sucks, you know,” Orlov said following the game per ESPN’s Craig Custance.
Washington would battle back with two goals in just over a minute a part to tie the game in the second period. Unfortunately for Washington, Justin Schulz scored a power play goal 11:24 into the second period to give the Penguins the lead by the final score 3-2.
The Capitals had their chances after Orlov’s hiccup and his own-goal was not the sole reason they lost. However, that will not keep Orlov from at least slightly feeling disappointed by the play.