George McPhee signed quite a few players to the Washington Capitals this past week sending the team over the regular season salary cap into the off-season cushion. Someone was going to have to go and that it was Eric Fehr who finally fell, probably was probably a surprise to almost no one, being shipped out to the
Atlanta Thrashers Winnipeg Jets for prospect Danick Paquette and a fourth round pick in next year’s draft. Other folks are going to write and post much better stories on Fehr and his time in DC. I’ll add links when some are posted. Some links: Russian Machine Never Breaks, Japers Rink, Washington Times, Washington Post, Capitals Outsider.
I’ll miss Eric Fehr partly because he was the player in some of my favorite photos that I’ve taken at Capitals games in the past few years. I hope you enjoy them.
And the rest from 2010-11.
Alex Ovechkin celebrates his second period goal against the Atlanta Thrashers, his first in 10 games during their NHL ice hockey game at Verizon Center.
The good news at Verizon Center for the Washington Capitals was that Alex Ovechkin found his way back onto the score sheet in the “G” column against the visiting Atlanta Thrashers. The sellout crowd was happy, do you think he was?
After that, the good news was…um…ah…yeah. The game got off to a very quick start without a stop in play until the 8:50 mark of the first period and then settled into what felt like a mid season grind of a game. There were some interesting player-player stories unfolding, like the one between the Thrashers Alexander Burmistov and the Capitals Jason Chimera where Burmistov kept putting his stick in Chimera’s face but was only called for it once…not that the Capitals could capitalize on it as their power play shot blanks all five chances it got.
For the details, read it from those that can write it like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks and On Frozen Blog. You’re only here to see the photos anyway. They’re below and on flickr. Thanks!
Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine (#4) and Atlanta Thrashers forward Eric Boulton fight in the second period of their NHL ice hockey game at Verizon Center.
There’s a saying in some sports that sounds something like “a win is a win is a win.” It means that no matter how ugly it was, how wrong it was, how undeserved it was, if you win, you win…and you take it and be happy with it. When the first period of the Washington Capitals and Atlanta Thrashers game ended last night, it did not feel like it was going to be one of those games. The Capitals were pretty dominant and took a 3-1 lead into the locker room. By the end of the second period, all those memories of games and failures past were rearing their head and the “a win is a win” saying was going to apply to whichever of the two teams, now tied at 4, won, because both teams suffered many breakdowns, lapses and otherwise poor decisions and actions that led to shorthanded goals against or quality chances for the other team.
If there is one man that the Capitals will have to thank for these extra 2 points at the end of the season if they need them, it will be John Erskine…the man that brought a whole lot of right (and rights to the head of the Thrashers Eric Boulton) and seemingly no wrong (and, yes, Alex Ovechkin, I’m looking at you). In addition to a fight that only could have brought a boost to the Capitals, he scored the game winning goal, was on the ice for one other Capitals goal and not on the ice for a single goal against. He had a takeaway to go along with his single giveaway. Erskine was tops.
Everyone raise their hand who thought that John Erskine would have as many goals as Mike Green had fighting majors after 18 games. Okay, how many thought the number would be something other than 0? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Maybe it’s just the Movember ‘stache, or maybe the Capitals are continuing last year’s team progression and becoming even more well rounded. let’s hope so.
Real recaps at the regular places like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks, and at Capitals Insider and I have some photos below and on flickr.
WASHINGTON, DC – October 23, 2010: Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin (#28) celebrates scoring his third goal of the night with Brooks Laich (#21) against the Atlanta Thrashers during their NHL ice hockey game at Verizon Center.
Number one NBA draft pick John Wall was a guest in Ted Leonsis’ box last night to watch Alex Semin score three and notch his first hat trick of the 2010-11 season last night against the Atlanta Thrashers. In a game that was in doubt until Tomas Fleischmann scored the game winner in overtime, Alex Semin was the star of the show with three goals, two coming off assists from AHL call up Matthieu Perrault. Mike Knuble put on another penalty killing clinic in the third period, at one point tying up all five Thrashers skaters deep in their own end during a Thrashers power play. The Capitals power play looked better, but kept sputtering despite the partial return of Mike Green. Alex Ovechkin was very quiet playing in his third consecutive game without any points…the first time he has done that since 2008, but he did throw a nice check that sent Thrashers’ forward Andrew Ladd head over heels into the Thrashers bench.
Read recaps at Japer’s Rink, The Peerless, Russian Machine Never Breaks and all the other regular Capitals blogs. Some of my photos can be seen here or on flickr.