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In an unconventional move, Eric Fehr chose to play the Boston Bruins solo on Tuesday night. After falling back in the first period, Eric Fehr, completely unassisted, clawed his way back before scoring a spectacular overtime game-winner.

It was a night of first and a night of comebacks. Fehr was a hero, Wojtek Wolksi redeemed himself, and two plucky kids got on the scoreboard. A great team performance.

Eric Fehr beats Bruins 4-3 (OT)

  • I’m so immensely glad Eric Fehr is back on this team. Even if Chimera never scoars again, we’ve got Eric Fehr playing like we always knew he could. He’s a slightly scuffed up diamond in the rough– the kind GMGM has a talent for finding– just like Ribeiro and Wolski, two other guys who had big nights.
  • The Caps got lit up in the first period, but they kept the shooting game even. That’s why the game was never truly out of reach, and by the end of the second the Caps led shooting at even-strength 17 to 13, and shot attempts overall 46-37.
  • John Carlson took a bad trip on a Bruins shorthanded breakaway. Chasing the play, Alex Ovechkin chose to hook Brad Marchand, who beat Braden Holtby five-hold on the ensuing penalty shot. This bullet contained four player names.
  • It was a night of firsts. Tomas Kundratek‘s deflected knucklepuck earned him his first NHL goal. Recent call-up Steve Oleksy got his first NHL point with an assist on the Ribeiro goal.
  • The Caps got totally walloped on the power play. Forget about Marchand shorthanded penalty shot goal– the zone entries were a mess. Boston isn’t the top-rated PK for nothing as they successfully stymied the Caps and kept them in neutral– shotless on PP until the third period.
  • Maybe Mike Ribeiro should take fewer faceoffs. He was a dismal 1 for 10 on the dot. He does great with Ovi when they have the puck, but I worry about how rare that is.
  • FIGHT! John Erskine vs Shawn Thornton. (Let’s call it a draw? Please?)

  • Alex Ovechkin slammed into the Boston net in the third period, aided by Wun Weg Zdeno Wun Dar Chara Wun, who had to serve time for the deed. It looked really painful, but honestly the net looked more hurt by it. It was one of three net crashes by Ovi, who is lucky not to have been hurt.
  • Aaron Volpatti’s ice time was just four minutes more than Troy Brouwer, who probably watched this game from within a small radius of a toilet.
  • Wojtek Wolski has been the target of your ire for awhile now. With Brouwer on or near the aforementioned toilet, the bear earned his way back into a sweater and freaking nailed it. His tying goal was a sneaky one-touch from the crease– set up by Eric Fehr, who had 2 genius assists on the night in addition to his OTGWG.
  • It’d be dim to slam Braden Holtby for his work tonight. Penalty shots are a coin toss, and that Chara goal was pretty superb (big ups to Krecji for the crotch-pass by the way). 30 saves on 33 shots. Solid.
Joe B suit of the night

Joe B suit of the night

The individual efforts the Caps put up continues to be heartening. They’re playing well as a team and don’t seem half as flustered as they did in February. I think they’ve got good leadership, good coaching, and good attitudes. I do not  think they’ve got the right players.

Yeah, a bunch are injured: Green, Laich, and Brouwer all missed Tuesday’s game. Even with them, I’m not sure this team has the gear to race. They’re Kim Crosby’s Boudreaux’s Butt Paste car up against Roush Racing. They might squeak out a win in a short track, but they’re not built to win the 500.

That is no criticism of the guys themselves, who are working their oddly bulky hockey butts off on the ice. They actually kept pace with the second strongest possession team in the league. That’s huge. But they can’t do it forever.

Time for an upgrade. Or, at least, it’s time to plan for an upgrade.

For now, let’s be happy: The Caps took two points off what I think is the best team in the East. That’s a big flipping deal.

Stay safe in the storm, everybody. We need you alive for Thursday, when Jason Chimera will surely score on the Florida Panthers.

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  • http://twitter.com/deniscarmo Denis Carmo

    You guys always say CRASH THE NET, when the game starts, that’s exactly what Ovechkin did haha. Great comeback win, good effort and contributions from everybody.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120803109 David Weichert

    Aw, why did you make us watch the Boston feed? :(

  • Sam

    Green, Laich, Brouwer… Everybody forget about Dimitri Orlov?

  • http://twitter.com/TheRealWheatley Dylan Wheatley

    on GMGM’s desk you’ll find a jigsaw puzzle assembled out of pieces from other puzzles that don’t quite fit together, and it vaguely resembles a sailboat.

  • Hockeynightincanada

    It’s not as fun beating them when Tim Thomas isn’t in net, but it still feels pretty good nonetheless. Big win….very shaky start. I hate when GMGM proves me wrong with a signing like Fehr, but that being said, Fehr has never been 100% throughout his career until now.

  • serpent

    But Oates is doing a darn good job of sailing the thing,anyway!

  • https://twitter.com/Haddaweezy Holy_Cal

    Ummm. Tim Thomas isn’t a Bruin.

    And Tukka Rask was always the better goalie anyway.

  • 28IS(still)GREAT

    Definitely a solid win! Would have been glad with just 1 point – but LOVE that we got 2 instead! I will also happily admit Holtby looked fairly solid the later half of the game. Though I think we dodged a huge bullet with Sequin shooting high on that pass from Marchand late in the 3rd. That play definitely had my heart rate going.

  • Hockeynightincanada

    Where did I say that Tim Thomas was still a Bruin? All I said was that the win isn’t as sweet as when he was playing for them. Still a solid win.

  • Ian

    Did anyone see the version of the game where at the intermission there was that woman broadcaster who said she had “mild disdain” for Ribeiro and even likened him to a Weasel? That was so unprofessional, I mean, what kind of selection process is there to land a job like that anyways? It was almost like Karma when the caps came back and scored four goals….. Ribeiro should find that woman and T bag her.