Dmitry Orlov's First Career Shootout Attempt Goes Poorly

Dmitry Orlov's nifty goal early in the third period was one of several important tallies for the Washington Capitals as they erased two three-goal deficits en route to a 5-4 shootout victory over the New York Islanders Tuesday.

Yet, while Orlov's goal will be one to remember, the young defenseman's first carer shootout attempt later in the game is one to forget.

Considering Orlov's third-period goal, it made sense for head coach Dale Hunter to give Orlov a chance to win the game. Orlov, however, does not even get a proper move off before the puck drifts away from his stick.

If it is any consolation, fellow Russian Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils -- who has a knack for goal scoring -- made a similar gaffe during a shootout last season. In fact, Orlov's miscue is not even the most embarrassing this month; Minnesota Wild forward Devin Setoguchi holds that dubious distinction.

In one last attempt to make Orlov feel better, just take a look at what Caps defenseman Dennis Wideman once did during a shootout:

Cheer up, kid.

Adam Vingan is co-founder and editor of Kings Of Leonsis, a Caps-centric blog, and is the Capitals Editor for SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_KOL and e-mail your story ideas to adamvingan (at)

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