Former Capitals forward Eric Fehr spent 34 games in the AHL this season, but got a new lease on his NHL life at the trade deadline.
The Toronto Maple Leafs dealt Fehr, who they had previously loaned to AHL San Diego, to the Sharks for a seventh-round pick. Since then, Fehr has primarily served as the Sharks fourth line center.
After scoring three goals in 14 regular season games with San Jose, Fehr found the back of the net in the postseason for the first time, Tuesday night. Fehr’s second period goal helped the Sharks’ thrash the Ducks 7-1 during Game Three of their first-round series.
The Sharks now lead 3-0.
Monday was an off day for the Capitals, but not for radio voice John Walton.
Walton flew to Newark and did the play-by-play of Game Three between the New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning. The game was broadcast by NBC Sports and shown on national TV (CNBC). Darren Pang served as an analyst.
The game was Walton’s first NHL playoff game since 2014, when Walton called a game between the Stars and Ducks. The popular radio voice also did play-by-play for women’s hockey games at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
This stick save by Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen may end up being the best save of the 2018 NHL playoffs.
You have to see it to believe it.
John Carlson’s offensive production has continued from the regular season (68 points in 82 games) into to the playoffs.
Carlson has tallied three points in each of the Capitals’ first two playoff games. His six points leads the Capitals. The Caps defenseman also sits tied with Brad Marchand for third overall in NHL points.
Carlson joined some elite company among defensemen after tallying three or more assists in two consecutive games. Carlson is only the third defenseman in NHL history to achieve the feat, joining Hockey Hall of Famer Al MacInnis (Games 5-6 of 1984 DF) and Gary Suter (Games 1-2 of 1988 DSF).
Carlson is an unrestricted free agent after this season.
In the locker room after Game Two, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin spoke quietly after his team’s second consecutive loss in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Ovechkin seemed unsure how to explain the Caps latest playoff collapse.
“Obviously.. we have opportunity to finish it up and we didn’t,” Ovechkin said after tallying two power-play goals. “Two games in a row. But I think we played a solid game. We just didn’t win.”
The Capitals took an early 2-0 lead for the second consecutive game only to surrender the lead late and fall in overtime.
During that short scrum with the media, Ovechkin eventually found the same dogged perseverance and the I’m not going down like this spirit that has made him one of the NHL’s all-time greatest players.
During warmups on Sunday, ahead of Game Two of the Capitals first round matchup against the Blue Jackets, Brett Connolly spotted an enthusiastic — and completely adorable — fan banging on the glass, and decided to make her night extra special.
Though it took a few attempts.
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz spoke to the media this morning after the team’s second consecutive overtime home loss in the first round.
Trotz announced that Andre Burakovsky, who absorbed a big bodycheck by Boone Jenner in the first period, will not travel with the team to Columbus due to an upper-body injury.
There are only so many words to describe the Caps failing in the postseason and I feel like they’ve all been written before by much more eloquent humans. Due to that, I’ll take a pass on trying my hand at it again and just give you one word and that word is numb.
The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 in OT and take a 2-0 series lead. The two teams are now headed to Columbus for the next two games in the series.
The Capitals out-shot the Blue Jackets 58 to 30 and out-attempted them at five-on-five 66 to 39.
Over the last decade, the Washington Capitals have put on a clinic on how to collapse in the postseason and, Sunday night in Game Two, they tied a record for home overtime futility.
The Washington Capitals lost an important player in their top six Sunday night early in Game Two.
Andre Burakovsky, who missed nearly two months of games during the regular season due to a fractured left thumb, was injured in the first period against the Blue Jackets.
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