Former Washington Capital Eric Fehr returned to Verizon Center last night as a visitor for the first time with the Winnipeg Jets as they made their first visit to Washington since moving out of Atlanta last summer. The game had just about everything you could ask for except an Ovechtrick…or even a single goal by Alex Ovechkin. At least we got a goal from Alexander Semin after being a healthy scratch on Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes. There was plenty of hitting, a fair amount of scoring, some amazing penalty killing by two and half penalty killers. Oh, and a return of Rally Balloon.
The coolest thing was hearing what I think was the 7 Seconds cover of Nena’s 99 Red Balloons after the Caps won. Pop punk, Captain Kirk and a Caps win…what a combo!
The most interesting thing I left Verizon with was the thought that Ovechkin has met his physical match in Dustin Byfuglien. Byfuglien knocked Ovechkin down two or three times and Ovechkin bounced off Byfuglien a few more times. Ovechkin falls down a lot, but the other guy does, too, nearly every time. Byfuglien barely budged. Another step in the wrong direction in the evolution of Alex Ovechkin? Let’s hope not. Let’s hope there is more of the kind of play he was demonstrating all night…the kind that led to the first “OH-vie! OH-vie!” chants of the year and that it comes with more goals.
Anyway, you know where to go to read thoughtful thoughts on the game like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks, District Sports Page, Capitals Outsider, and Ed Frankovic’s blog. Check out my photos below or on flickr.
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.
Yesterday was Fan Appreciation Day at Verizon Center for the Washington Captials. The highlight each year is the “Jersey Off Our Backs” ceremony where each player gives their jersey to selected fans. While the ceremony was taking place last night, it looked like Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin (with or without help from Eric Fehr, Semyon Varlamov, and Nicklas Backstrom) hatched a plan to prank rookie Marcus Johansson. Ovechkin and Backstrom were to distract while Semin attached Johansson’s fight strap to his pants. Just before Semin could finish, Johansson caught him.
A thirty second video of photos from the incident below:
The Washington Capitals hosted the Edmonton Oilers last night at Verizon Center. Wow, there are so many things that could be featured as the high point. Braden Holtby’s shutout. Jason Arnott’s 900th NHL career point, Dennis Wideman’s 200th NHL career point, Alex Ovechkin moving to third place on the Capitals all time scoring list, Eric Fehr notching two goals in his return from a 22 game absence, Marco Sturm’s first point as a Capital, the dreadful decisions of Nikolai Khabibulin that led to two of the Capitals’ goals, the Capitals sixth win in a row…feel free to stop me any time. So, just go to the regular places like Japer’s Rink and Russian Machine, and Ed Frankovic. And, of course, don’t forget the Capitals Outsider box score.
Look at my photos here or on flickr.
The Washington Capitals hosted the NHL leading Vancouver Canucks last night at Verizon Center in Washington, DC and came up just a little short. It was not the Capitals best recent game, but it wasn’t their worst either. Three things to note: 1) The Canucks looked good. Really good. Good like last year’s regular season Capitals. 2) While the Capitals may not have played well enough to win, they got the short end of the officiating stick for the second consecutive game. 3) Eric Fehr took it in the right shoulder when he collided with David Steckel in the third period. Hopefully it’s not too bad, but it did not look good. Will @AndrewGordon10 be on his way back up to the big club? Will Brian Willsie make a rapid return? We’ll find out on Sunday.
I have nothing else to say. Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, The Peerless and the rest do, but not me. I have photos. You can see them below or on flickr.