UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Less than four minutes into the Washington Capitals‘ 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Islanders, forward Eric Fehr absorbed a crunching check from forward Kyle Okposo to the left shoulder that knocked him from the rest of Sunday afternoon. On just his second shift, Fehr bent over in pain after Okposo finished the hit, chatted briefly with trainer Greg Smith on the bench and finally retreated into the tunnel during a television timeout.
Coach Barry Trotz had no update available on Fehr during his postgame news conference.
“I went in the dressing room right after the game for a couple minutes and I’ll get my full report, my complete report a little bit later,” he said.
Fehr had previously missed the final three games of the regular season with an apparent shoulder injury, re-aggravating an issue Trotz said had bothered the center for a long time. Fehr had battled shoulder injuries throughout his career, needing a double surgery in 2009 and a follow-up operation in 2011.
“It’s mostly ropes,” Fehr said recently, describing the work done by doctors in his shoulders. “Ropes and anchors, metal anchors keeping things together. … I’ve definitely been sewn together a few times. … I have had a lot of injuries, but I feel now I’ve got a very good workout regimen, a very good routine to make sure everything’s working well and the way it should.”
Without Fehr, the Capitals slid forward Jay Beagle to center, his native position, and double-shifted him, Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Laich at various times. Forward Marcus Johansson also exited during the first period after a skate appeared to slice his calf, but returned after intermission. Washington played the remaining two periods — and the 15 seconds overtime before John Tavares’s game-winner — with 11 forwards.
GIFs of the hit appear below via @myregularface:
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