Photo: Rob Carr
The Washington Capitals’ power play has operated in the same way for years under a myriad of coaches. It features a 1-3-1 setup. The main weapon is Alex Ovechkin, who scored 19 of his 50 goals on the man-advantage in the regular season. Since 2011, it’s been one of the league’s top five units. Everyone knows what’s coming; they just can’t stop it.
In their first round series against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals power play was key as the team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, converting on eight of 17 man-advantage opportunities, despite the Capitals often getting outplayed at even strength.
“Our power play is successful because everybody is on the same page, everybody knows what they have to do,” Ovechkin said after Saturday’s morning skate. “If they take me away, Carly’s open or Osh or Willy or Kuzy or Backy. It’s hard to stop. If I have a chance to shoot the puck I will, but I’ll take a guy with me to go to the goal line or something.”
Once again, Tom Wilson is being talked about for all the wrong reasons. On Friday afternoon, the NHL fined Wilson $2,403.67, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for kneeing Pittsburgh’s Conor Sheary.
Sheary missed a few shifts after the hit but stayed in the game.
Speaking before the fine was levied by the Department of Player Safety, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz admitted Wilson should have avoided the hit, though he described it as “shin-on-shin.”
“We’ll leave it up to the league,” Trotz said. “Whatever they decide, I think we’re fine with it. That’s what their job is. You gotta respect. Player Safety with the NHL has done, I think, a good job.”
Photo: Derek Leung
Eric Fehr and Mike Green both wanted to stay in Washington and win a Stanley Cup — it just didn’t work out that way. They had played their entire 10-year careers with the Caps, save for one year Fehr spent with the Jets. But with restricted free agents like Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Marcus Johansson to lock up, plus the offseason acquisitions of Justin Williams and TJ Oshie, Fehr knew it would be tough to stay.
Saturday night, former Capital and Winter Classic Hero Troy Brouwer will return to Verizon Center for the first time since being traded to the Blues for TJ Oshie. Which is why several hours earlier it was completely appropriate that two other former Caps, Eric Fehr and Mike Green, played against each other.
Green and Fehr both scored. Both players were on the ice for both goals, and both goals were ugly.
The Capitals-Ducks game was originally scheduled for 7 PM, then rescheduled to 5 PM, then postponed altogether on Friday afternoon. But how about the nationally broadcast Caps-Pens game, which is scheduled for 12:30 PM Sunday?
The NHL will announce their decision on if that game will be cancelled on Saturday morning. Considering the Penguins have a game that day and would have to travel into DC later that night, it seems unlikely to happen.
Meanwhile, the Post-Gazette’s Seth Rorabaugh asked former Capital/now-turned-heel Pittsburgh Penguin Eric Fehr what he thought the chances were they’d play the game.
This is so weird. (Photo: Charles LeClaire)
On October 29, the all-time leader in outdoor goals, Eric Fehr, returned to Verizon Center for the first time since signing with the Capitals’ hated rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Fehr, injured and unable to play in the game, was saluted by the team with a tribute video.
Last night, Fehr got to suit up for the first time against his former team. The Penguins rubbed salt in the wound by reminding us about it at every turn.
In life’s-not-fair news, former Capital Eric Fehr scored again. Fehr has two goals in his first two games as a Pittsburgh Penguin. Both were short-handed.
Wednesday night’s salvo came on a brilliant individual play. Fehr took Canucks defenseman Yannick Weber to whatever hockey’s equivalent of behind the shed is.
Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Verizon Center. That meant that All-Time NHL Outdoor Goal leader Eric Fehr returned home.
It was not so glorious. Fehr was unable to suit up due to offseason elbow surgery, though he is expected to return as early as this weekend.
In the first period, the Caps Game Entertainment crew cued up a a tribute video for Fehr. The former Capital got a loud applause from the crowd as he waved from the media area.
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