Eric Fehr hadn’t scored a goal like that in a while. Maybe since junior hockey.
Driving to the net early in overtime, he had Boston Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton draped all over him. It didn’t seem to bother him.
“I kind of blacked out for a bit there but saw the puck on my stick close to the net, saw [goaltender Tuukka Rask] was leaning my way so just tried to chip it over,” Fehr said.
When Fehr was able to beat Rask, it finished off the Washington Capitals’ improbable comeback victory in impressive fashion. Coach Adam Oates called it a “highlight-reel goal,” and it was every bit of that.
For the Bruins, it was a debacle.
“One guy beats two guys and scores,” coach Claude Julien said, “it says a lot.”
Says a lot about Fehr, too, that he split the defense and put a shot on net.
“I just saw the puck on my stick and just took a whack at it,” said Fehr, who had a three-point night and now five goals this season. “I don’t know exactly how much room I had. But found enough.”
Just enough to make Fehr the overtime hero for the Caps. But he also played a big role on Tomas Kundratek’s second-period goal, tapping the puck back to the young defenseman off the faceoff.
“Simple little play. Details,” Oates said. “Being a big man. Good stick. That stuff matters.”
What matters for Fehr is that he’s healthy, playing well and producing. Shoulder problems seem to be a thing of the past and the 27-year-old looks like a man on a mission.
Tuesday night’s goal was a source of vindication.
“I’m feeling pretty confident right now,” Fehr said. “So I believe I can make shots and I was happy that that one went in.”
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