At this very moment, Dmitry Orlov might be seen looking for a rock near the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh that he can crawl under.
In a critical Game 4 matchup between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Orlov accidentally kicked Jake Guentzel’s pass into his own net to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead in the second period.
That’s an innocent mistake, but a brutal one for Orlov to commit given the magnitude of the moment and the game.
Take a look at the moment the pass was made. The fact this resulted in a goal is going to sting for Caps fans.
Orlov had loads of time to make a play on the puck as the nearest Penguins skater was still a few strides away when the pass was made. Orlov made the right decision by not letting the puck go through just in case an opposing player was closer, but his decision to try and use his skate to corral the puck bit him pretty badly. In hindsight, he should have really been able to use his stick and shouldn’t have had to use his skate in the first place.
It’d be easier to overlook Orlov’s mistake had it not happened with the Capitals facing another bad playoff collapse. The Capitals have earned the reputation as being their own worst enemy in the playoffs and Orlov’s own-goal only adds to that argument.