Dmitry Orlov told reporters that he blamed himself for the Phoenix Coyotes’ third goal on Monday night. But when told of the rookie defenseman’s discontent about the play where a rebound bounced off his skate and to Lauri Korpikoski, who recorded the goal, Coach Bruce Boudreau absolved Orlov of blame.
Orlov played 11 minutes and 56 minutes and skated only 12 shifts but looked comfortable in his NHL debut. He was credited with three hits and one attempted shot on goal that missed but it was a shot that illustrated his booming slap shot on the point on the power play. He wound up skating 54 seconds on the man-advantage.
“I was very happy with him,” Boudreau said of Orlov. “He looked very composed. I thought he did a great job, I really did. He didn’t try to do too much in his first game. He stayed back, like there were probably times he was itching to jump in but he played it smart. He took a lot in, in the last 24 hours -- all in English -- and played it pretty well.”