Eric Fehr hasn't had the easiest 2010-11 season. He's struggled to score and been a healthy scratch four times, including two out of the four games leading up to the Winter Classic.
But on the outdoor rink at Heinz Field, in the rain, Fehr stepped up when the Capitals needed someone to as they looked for a way to put the month of December behind them and start the New Year off right. The first goal won't get many style points, as he fired into a wide-open net after Marc-Andre Fleury coughed the puck up. On the second, though, Fehr fired a crisp shot over Fleury's glove hand on a breakaway after a give-and-go with Jason Chimera in the neutral zone.
"I was definitely happy I could score. That's for sure. I felt good," Fehr said. "The first one felt unbelievable, but we had a good lead going in the third there. We just wanted to play defense, and fortunately, I was able to get that second one. But we weren't really trying to go for offense at that point."
The Capitals focused on the simple style they've been preaching in recent weeks and it worked well in conjunction with the rain and ice that limited Pittsburgh's star players from making any extremely dazzling plays. But in order to erase their one-goal deficit, they needed to take advantage of a few ugly opportunities. Mike Knuble and Fehr did that.
Fehr finished the contest with two goals on three shots and he also blocked two shots in 9:55 of ice time.
"What can I say?" Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I thought he played a real good game and he finally got rewarded by doing the things that we know he's capable of doing. Then he gets two goals and that's big, obviously."