Before the faceoff in overtime against the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center on Tuesday night, Nicklas Backstrom told Eric Fehr exactly how he wanted the winger to play the situation if the Capitals gained control of the puck.
“Backie said ‘If I get it, go to the middle with speed,’” Fehr said. “So I did that, he found me and I kind of blacked out for a bit there but saw the puck on my stick close to the net, saw [Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask] was leaning my way and just tried to chip it over.”
After receiving the puck from Backstrom at the offensive blue line, Fehr used a burst of speed and some savvy puck-handling to split the Bruins’ defensive pair of Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton.
Just as he began to break through the black and gold jerseys, he was tripped up Hamilton’s stick and shoved by Seidenberg. As he fell to the ice, though, Fehr was able to keep his wits about him for a well-placed shot over Rask’s left shoulder for the game-winner in Washington’s 4-3 overtime victory over the Bruins.
“I just saw the puck on my stick and just took a whack at it.,” Fehr said. “I don’t know exactly how much room I had, but found enough.”
It was the exclamation point on a solid overall outing for Fehr, who also recorded primary assists on goals by Wojtek Wolski and Tomas Kundratek, making this his first three-point game of the season.
It was also a highlight-reel goal of a different type than any Fehr could ever recall scoring in his professional career.
“I think I have maybe in junior, but definitely not at this level,” Fehr said if asked if he ever scored a falling-down goal like that before. “So that was a first. But I’m feeling pretty confident right now so I believe I can make shots and I was happy that that one went in. “