Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s postseason likely is over as the Philadelphia Flyers left wing is expected to face disciplinary action from the NHL for his hit on Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov in Monday’s 6-1 victory by the Capitals in Game 3 of their first-round series.
Bellemare pushed Orlov into the end boards from behind with 7:43 remaining in the third period, earning himself a major for checking from behind and a game misconduct. Orlov, who remained down on the ice for a bit while being attended to by a team trainer, stayed in the game.
The 31-year-old Bellemare recorded one shot on goal, blocked a pair and won seven of his 11 faceoffs in 14 minutes, 33 seconds of ice time. He failed to notch a point in the first three games of the series after registering seven goals and seven assists in 74 regular-season contests.
Signed as a free agent on June 11, 2014, Bellemare made his NHL debut last season, collecting six goals and six assists in 81 games. He spent the previous five campaigns with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish League.
A native of Le Blanc-Mesnil, the 6-foot, 198-pound Bellemare represented France at the 2004 IIHF World Championship and also played for his country in the tournament every year from 2008-14.