Eric Fehr scores the incredible game-winner
Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime win over the Boston Bruins Tuesday night at Verizon Center:
How it happened: The Bruins ran out to a 3-0 lead on a shorthanded penalty shot goal by Brad Marchand, an even-strength goal by Zdeno Chara and a power-play goal by rookie Dougie Hamilton, all in the first period, but climbed back with second-period goals by Mike Ribeiro and Tomas Kundratek, then tied it with Wojtek Wolski’s first goal since Feb. 1. Eric Fehr won the game with an incredible burst through Boston defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton, finishing off the rush by flicking a wrister over Tuukka Rask..
What it means: The Capitals are now 7-3-0 in their last 10 games and improved to 9-11-1 overall.
Career night: Tomas Kundratek scored his first career NHL goal in the second period and Steve Oleksy recorded his first career NHL point, assisting on Mike Ribeiro’s goal in his first NHL game. Oleksy’s parents, Andy and Sue, brother, Daniel, and his brother’s girlfriend, Nikki, were watching from the stands after an overnight drive from Michigan.
Little ball of hate: Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who was a pest throughout the playoffs last spring, was a thorn in the Caps’ sides, drawing a penalty shot on an Alex Ovechkin slash in the first period and scoring between Braden Holtby’s pads. He also gave Mike Ribeiro a facewash near the end of the second period that resulted in a roughing minor but no goal for the Capitals.
What’s next: The Capitals have a 10:30 a.m. practice scheduled for Wednesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. They return to action on Thursday night against the visiting Florida Panthers, who learned Tuesday they’ll be without Stephen Weiss the rest of the season due to wrist surgery.
Ovi watch: Alex Ovechkin had some nice bursts of energy. He plucked the puck from the air to set up Ribiro’s goal; took an interference penalty when he hammered Chris Kelly to the ice; and drew a hooking penalty on Zdeno Chara with a bull rush to the net in the third period. In the end, however, he was held without a goal for the fourth straight game and has not hit the back of the net since his hat trick against the Devils on Feb. 23.