October 17, 2019

Washington Capitals Game 18 Recap: Capitals down Coyotes with Fehr’s overtime winner

The Washington Capitals needed an extra inning to decide their game against the Arizona Coyotes, where Eric Fehr scored the winning goal. Caps win 2-1.

After a rough weekend with losses to St. Louis and New Jersey, the win was a good bounce back from two straight losses. With the victory, the Caps now stand in 3rd in the Metropolitan Division with 19 points.

Jay Beagle scored his second of the season in the first period, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson evened it up for the Coyotes. In overtime, Fehr netted his third of the season for the game-winner.

A few notes:

  • Braden Holtby stopped 23 of 24 shots for a SV% of .958. Holtby, like his beard, was majestic. He’s finally bouncing back.
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov skated 7:32, the second lowest TOI next to Chris Brown, who skated 6:36. Barry Trotz says he’s trying to find minutes for everybody, but burying Kuznetsov on the fourth line clearly isn’t working.
  • The Capitals had 24 shots on goal, including 4 in OT. They had just 2 SOG in the second period.
  • Shot attempts were tied at 50 for both teams.
  • The Capitals were 0/3 on the PP, but were perfect on the penalty kill, killing all 4 Coyotes power plays.
  • Tom Wilson had another strong showing. He led the team with 6 hits, had 2 shots on goal, and played 13:55. Good look for him.

The Colorado Avalanche are up next for the Caps on Thursday at 9 PM eastern time. Since it’s not a back-to-back, expect Holtby to get the start in net. Ride the wave, Trotz, ride the wave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Katie Brown

Katie Brown is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Capitals. She resides in Arlington, VA, and developed a love for the sport of hockey as a youngster while watching her brothers play. Katie works at a nonprofit organization by day but the rest of her time is devoted to watching, writing, and talking about hockey and perfecting her mean one-timer. She is co-host of Girls Just Wanna Have Puck podcast. You can follow Katie on Twitter @katie_brown47.

Comments

  1. Dcsportsfan85 says:

    While I’m very excited about Tom Wilson I am not in love with him on the top line at the moment. Because of all the rookie centers Trotz’s feels he needs to “shelter” with softer minutes the Cap’s top line has been assigned some very difficult minutes. Hands down, without a doubt Eric Fehr has still been the best performer on the top line RW.

    Fehr has shown he’s capable of performing well even when given tough zone starts against top competition. With Fehr as their RW Ovechkin and Backstrom have scored over 60% of the goals while their on ice while also dominating possession which is also over 60%. Considering the competition this is very impressive. Actually Fehr has been pretty good this season and whatever line he skates on seems to perform well. I am still trying to figure out why he’s in Trotz’s dog house.

    It’s great seeing Wilson truck people and bring his physical edge, but the bottom line is that with Fehr the top line has been excellent and far better than any other combination.

    I’d still like to see the Caps lines as the following:

    1. Ovechkin-Backstrom-Fehr
    2. Burakovsky-Kuznetsov-Wilson –> Sheltered minutes
    3. Johansson-Laich-Brouwer
    4. Chimera-Latta-Ward

    That should give the Caps 3 lines capable of handling tougher zone starts and competition and only one line that needs to be sheltered. The benefit is it adds another line that can eat up some tough minutes to take some pressure off 8-19 and hopefully free them up to get some better matchups. It also leaves only one line that needs to be sheltered and that line has 3 extremely talented players that can hopefully exploit their matchups. I think it’d be good for their development to gain confidence and it solves the problem of providing Kuznetsov with more skilled line mates. I’d be fine with Bura at center and Kuzya on the wing too.

    That has the potential to give the Caps a feared second line that they have lacked since Semin walked in UFA. I really like Johansson and Brouwer, but I don’t think that 2nd line strikes fear in anyone. I couldn’t be happier for about Mojo’s hot start and same with Brouwer, but I’m not sold on that line. I know everyone loves that line, but both Brouwer and Johansson have historically played much tougher competition so the very sheltered minutes they’ve been receiving is probably contributing a lot to their starts.

    If the Caps are intent on developing both Burakovsky and. Kuznetsov at center I think they need to make a trade for another impact wing. These guys are both elite offensive talents and it’d be a shame to waste that on a checking line. Eventually one of those lines will have to become a strong two-way line because we don’t want limit 8-19’s impact which is most felt on the offensive side by trotting them out in a shutdown role. The Caps have plenty of depth forwards they could package in a deal and mike Green provides a huge trade chip to acquire such a player. I think Green would be sorely missed and if resigning him is not in the cards they HAVE to trade him to get value back. That Orpik signing is going to kill us.

    • Dave Nichols says:

      Thanks for the comment. I think the lines will remain in flux much of the season as Trotz figures out who truly in buying in and who can be trimmed from the roster.

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