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Right wing Joel Ward complimented Fehr’s hockey awareness while also saying his teammate’s long stick played a role in his penalty-killing prowess. Alzner said Fehr has “probably the same wingspan” as 6-foot-9 Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

“He can reach for days, it seems,” Alzner said. “I think sometimes people don’t really expect that and he can get in the lane really well.”

Fehr uses his athleticism at 6 feet 4 inches and 212 pounds to his advantage, but it’s his instincts that have made him a crucial part of the Caps’ kill.

“It’s just trying to slow down and not be too aggressive when they’re passing the puck around and really picking your spots to jump them,” Fehr said. “That’s the hardest part.”

It hasn’t looked hard, as Fehr embraced more of a two-way game.

“It’s something that every team needs and you want to be a part of it,” he said. “You want to be a part of the team wins, and this is one of the big parts.”