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Eric Fehr on not giving the Pens 'any ideas in our rink'

Here's winger Eric Fehr on his third-period goal in the Caps' 4-3 shootout win against Pittsburgh:

On the win: "Well it means a lot, definitely, against a team that's a possible playoff opponent, you wanna make sure you keep the pressure on them and don't give them any ideas in our rink."

On whether the game had a playoff feel: "I don't think it was quite as quick as last game, but it was definitely getting physical and a little bit chippy, so you can tell the guys are eager to get some playoff hockey."

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 24, 2010; 11:04 PM ET
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I am pretty disappointed to come on here and see no Crosby love tonight.....I mean, he did have a pretty assist....

On the Semin shortie!

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | March 24, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the pens are scared of playing anywhere as they proved last year when they won two game 7's on the road... that's what championships teams do in any sport

the Pats aren't scared of playing at Indy, the lakers aren't scared of playing any where, etc... they are usually more focused on the road and play some of their best games away from home in the playoffs

if the Caps are to win the Cup this year, they will have to do the same away from home

Posted by: joek443 | March 24, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

if the Caps are to win the Cup this year, they will have to do the same away from home

Posted by: joek443

Well, luckily this year, they seem to do pretty well on the road...and against some good opponents as well (i.e. the Blackhawks game a few weeks ago!) So, if that has any indication on their abilities this year...

Plus, though they were in tough situations the past couple of years...they were able to at least force a game seven a couple of times...generally, they do that by winning a big game on the road...

So, who knows, maybe these are some positive trends going forward?

Go Cap!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | March 24, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I traveled to Florida this eve with my daughter and had to give up tix tonight. You can't see all the great ones, I guess. Just caught the highlights on nhl.com. What an incredible ability to win. You know that's not a bad quality to have.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 24, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

the pens played a strong road game tonight, they feel confident against us and aren't intimidated in the slightest. One only has to watch how they play in Philly to understand that the Pens are a mature confident team who can play anywhere with no fear

I don't know what got into Fehr tonight but I like it. He was physical, he was chippy, he crashed that net hard and was jostling around some d-men.

We needed him and some others to step up tonight to match the Penguins intensity. I just didn't think it would be guys like Flash and BMo.

Now if only Chimera and Belanger could start playing with some more grit out there our forward combos would be unbeatable.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 24, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

am pretty disappointed to come on here and see no Crosby love tonight.....I mean, he did have a pretty assist....


On the Semin shortie!

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps


(Golf clap) Nicely played :-)

Posted by: bluejeener1 | March 24, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Re: refs calls (or non-calls)...

While it's fairly apparent this eve's game was called with two different sets of rules, it's also apparent the heirachy of the League is content to allow the refs to CONTINUE to add their own coloration to each game's proceedings (see: ref Stephane Auger/Canuck Alexandre Burrows, etc). As such, it's imperative for the Caps to not get caught up in the BS that accompanies games involving the NHL's favorite son. Filling the net tends to alleviate the necessity to argue the nonsense the refs perpetrate. LET'S GO CAPS!

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | March 24, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Some notable players tonight were Shamo, Bmo, Belnager, and Carlson.

Shamo is playing physical AND smart in the back, he played a big part in setting the tone for parts in the game. Carlson is calm, cool, collected. The 74/26 pairing might develop into our best.

Belnager/Bmo brought really great verteran presence and leadership. The way they play, its more like we have a 2nd line A and 2nd line B.

Has anybody else picked up on Fehrs ability to score big goals in big games? I mean he's scored in every game against the Pens, and against the Blackhawks. He seems to catch some flack around the boards, but he brings good character to the locker room and comes up big. Personally, If it came to him or flash Id keep him in a heart beat. I Dream of a Ovi/Backs/Fehr line for the next decade or so...

Posted by: BACKS | March 24, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

And Shaone Morrisonn pulled his best Brooks Orpik impression. He was laying out Penguin forwards left n right. Big hits on Guerin, Crosby, Adams, Kennedy, Kunitz etc Highlight reel stuff. Its important to not let another team (esp a big rival and playoff opponent) come into our arena and start pushing us around and Morrisonn led the charge tonight in the hits dept.

In the 1st pd the Pens were definitely more physical and had better energy. Its nice to see the Caps finally wake up and answer the bell.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 24, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I jsut looked at the boxscore NINE hits for Shamo.

Posted by: BACKS | March 24, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

And Carlson's backcheck hit on Crosby was a beaut! It ticked Crosby off enough that he went back at Carlson and ShaMo stepped in there. It'll be a real shame when the Caps let ShaMo walk this offseason. A real freaking shame. There's no one else who does for us what he does.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 24, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Great hockey game. Got to see some great skill shine from non-Sid and non-Ovi. Staal's and Semin's shots were beauties.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 24, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I jsut looked at the boxscore NINE hits for Shamo.

Posted by: BACKS | March 24, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse


And he had 12 just a few games ago. And when you look at Poti, Corvo, Schultz - those 3 have a hard time racking up one hit in a game. Poti at least plays somewhat gritty in the crease area. And he mucks it up a bit along the boards. He had to tonight with some of the bad around-the-board clearing passes he made. Corvo is just inept. He can skate with most forwards but then he can't take it to the next level where he actually impedes their progress in any way. Forwards hold him off at will, he can't push em off the puck. Schultz is just timid, I thought he was getting better in that dept at times this yr but now he's regressing again. Positionally he was pretty good tonight, almost bailed Corvo out on that 1st goal with a nice play on Talbot.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 24, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

It'll be a real shame when the Caps let ShaMo walk this offseason. A real freaking shame. There's no one else who does for us what he does.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 24, 2010 11:26 PM |

I hope not. I would hope he would get an offer before any other of the pending UFAs.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 24, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

btw, if you look at that deciding goal again where Semin picked off the pass and scored, ShaMo kinda jumpstarted that play indirectly. He had just banged Crosby around pretty good along the boards and then when Crosby passed to Guerin, Morrisonn crushed Guerin backwards into the boards. Crosby only had one pass he could make and that was across the middle because Guerin had been taken out of the play

its those little things that #26 does for us which goes unnoticed and unappreciated.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 24, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I posted the following on an earlier thread:

"Great game, great time at the Verizon Center tonight. But I can't stop getting angry about the biased officiating! It's become so obvious you would think that the NHL would be forced to do something - here's a quote from the ESPN.com synopsis of the game:

"The Penguins were whistled for only one penalty. Ovechkin was tripped making a run in overtime, but no call was made."

If it's obvious to journalists, why aren't they writing about it? If something stinks, bring it to light and embarrass the League into fixing it. We know GMGM and Ted can't comment publicly and I assume they're talking privately, but until there is public comment and outcry about this garbage, we'll keep getting it every time we play Pitt. It's hard enough to have to beat the team, but to also have to beat the refs???? I noticed they called fewer penalties on the Caps after Semin's shortie! But they still didn't call that blatant trip against Ovie in ot.

Tarik - isn't there a Post journalist who wants to take this on?

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | March 24, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse "

Just looked at the updated story on ESPN.com (AP story) - the game notes no longer include the language about the blatant trip on Ovie, just the fact that the Pens had only one penalty.

Media part of this conspiracy?????????

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | March 24, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope not. I would hope he would get an offer before any other of the pending UFAs.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 24, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

don't ask me how i know this but the Caps org doesn't think Mo is worth the money they're paying him or the money he wants.

He'll walk. Now if he was an offensive dman, they'd lock him up to a long deal. But this org pays lip service to strong defensive defensemen types.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 24, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

ShaMo is starting to look more and more like he did at the start of the season before his injury, and then some. I love it. I can't wait to see how he translates it to the playoffs.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 24, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

i think one big advantage the Pens have over us is their PK. They do such a good job of restricting any quality chances on a PP for the other team. A good PK usually will neutralize a great PP. Defense over offense. And having Corvo and Green on the point is just suicide. Green's overall play has improved this year but its just not fair to pair him with Corvo who doesn't hold the blueline well. He doesnt pinch the boards, he's not strong on the puck. Its pretty easy to pressure him into making a mistake. I have no idea what the hell he was doing so far up the ice on that 1st Pens goal. That kid has no urge to play in his own end, he really should be a forward. He has no defensive instincts.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 24, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I was there! Glad the Caps won. Are the Caps really that undisciplined or are the officials just that biased? Caps seemed to have a parade of people going to the box. Pens had only one penalty.

Nice tying short handed goal for Semin. Who says Semin doesn't play well against good teams? Take that! And that!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 24, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

ShaMo is starting to look more and more like he did at the start of the season before his injury, and then some. I love it. I can't wait to see how he translates it to the playoffs.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 24, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse


looking at our defense heading into the playoffs, ShaMo will be a real anchor. Just like he was last season.
I think Erskine should be given a chance again because the only current dmen I trust at all are ShaMo, Green and Carlson. Schultz is 50/50 depending on his mindset. If he steps up his intensity he could be a real asset because he has all the other attributes. Poti/Corvo is a real iffy deal. I'd like to see Corvo replaced with Erskine, I'll even take Tyler Sloan at this point because he actually has the ability to separate players from the puck. And he skates well for a big guy.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 24, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Nice tying short handed goal for Semin. Who says Semin doesn't play well against good teams? Take that! And that!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 24, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse


I don't think he played a great game overall. He was skating kinda half-azzed for at least half his shifts. I thought he made two great individual plays, one on the goal and one on that great shootout backhand. But overall he was just ho-humming it. Had his head down way too much and wasn't really in the rhythm of the game which is why he got plastered by Staal in the 1st and then he wasn't paying attention and Mike Rupp took a run at him and Semin clipped him with his stick

you can complain about the officials but Semin escaped the double minor he should have rec'd even though Rupp had a cut on his chin. Blood is an automatic double-minor.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 24, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I thought Corvo didn't play as bad tonight.

Interestingly, Schultz logged more time on the PK than Poti did. As did Green. This hasn't been the case in a long time, and any change is a sign that they're working on it.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 24, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

@DevilsCapsGal

It would not surprise me if the media is part of the conspiracy also (for ignoring the blatant trip to Ovi, among other things).

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 24, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Yknow, this being the regular season, im fine with all the penalties and everything the refs are calling one-way, if just because it gives our guys practice...BUT, if this sh!t continues into the playoffs...

obviously, the nhl brass wanted the pens to win tonight so they can better sell the pens as a legitimate stanley cup threat this year, which they really arent...

Posted by: cotelloer | March 24, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Next request. Can somebody please beat New Jersey and Buffalo next game?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 24, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

The officiating tonight was ridiculous. In the 1st period alone, the Pens got away with a pair of too many men on the ice penalties, 3 trips, 2 interferences, and 2 hooks. The rest of the game wasn't as bad, but it was still obvious that the refs were helping the Pens. Too bad for the Pens even that wasn't enough to give them the win.

But as for Caps - ShaMo looked very good except for the 3rd Pens goal, where he skated right in front of Theo and screened him completely. Carlson looked very good tonight as well. The only defensive pair that really looked off was Poti and Corvo. I don't know where Poti's head was, but he made a number of mistakes, mainly in passing. Belanger also looked great - his speed created one goal, and a couple other chances. I didn't like Chimera on the second line though - I thought it would be an interesting match, but he just didn't seem to mesh with Semin/BMo. Great win by the Caps, and puts us that much closer to clinching the East!

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 24, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Yknow, this being the regular season, im fine with all the penalties and everything the refs are calling one-way, if just because it gives our guys practice...BUT, if this sh!t continues into the playoffs...

obviously, the nhl brass wanted the pens to win tonight so they can better sell the pens as a legitimate stanley cup threat this year, which they really arent...

Posted by: cotelloer | March 24, 2010 11:57 PM

Unfortunately, this looked just like the 4 Pens wins in the playoffs last year. If the Caps have to play the Pens again in the playoffs, I would expect more of the same.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 25, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

@ everyone saying corvo didnt play as bad tonight...

he blew the coverage on their 2nd power play goal, and still fails at picking up the right guy in open ice...it's correctable, but some of it just seems like he just doesnt have good "ice awareness"

BMO looked really good

Chimera made me really miss having Laich on the ice with Semin, just because his hands are like feet...

Posted by: cotelloer | March 25, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Timmyv38, to be fair to ShaMo, Staal's shot was a beauty. Perfectly tucked right under the crossbar. Would be hard for a goalie to save that either way. Semin's shot was beautiful as well. I can watch the replays of these two all day.

Corvo made his fair share of mistakes, but like I said, I don't think he played as bad as in the past games with us. Gotta agree with you though, still don't like that Corvo/Poti pair.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 25, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

SUCK IT PITTSBURGH

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 25, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Chimera had a really good chance in the 3rd period to drive to the net, but he chose not to. He had a good step up on the d-man.

He really does have cement hands though, despite his size and speed. The CBJ fans were exact with their assessment of him. "Good, hard working, fast forward with cement hands."

Posted by: richmondphil | March 25, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

I just saw a slow-mo replay of the Fehr goal for the first time... what incredible timing by Fehr. He has developed into a Knuble-type, who can scrap in the corners and in front of the net.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 25, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

@cotelleor

That is exactly why I said "as bad." The emphasis on the "as."

Posted by: richmondphil | March 25, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

@ timmy

one thing i noticed, is that come playoffs, if we're at home, and the pens have put staal (or malkin, if he's healthy) and crosby together in the last 4 mins, i gotta imagine that it won't be shamo and carlson out there...

but since we were 16 points ahead for teh conference, i'm sure boudreau is just getting them some experience (well, not shamo, but carlson)

Posted by: cotelloer | March 25, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

richmondphil, true, Staal's shot was awesome. But ShaMo did blow any chance Theo had of making the save. Although his play throughout the rest of the game was incredible.

And with Chimera, are you talking about when Semin passed it to him at the Pens' blue line for a near breakaway? Because if so, it looked like he had to stop to wait for the puck, so as not to go offsides. I saw that play from up behind the Pens' goal though, so my view might have been misleading.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 25, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I'd hope Carlson is playing for us come playoff time. He brings physicality and energy, and is very good at puckhandling. Plus, he seems to almost always be in good defensive position.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 25, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

@ richmondphil

sometimes when i see corvo out there, i think about green's game from like 2-3 years ago where he would make wrong reads or poor decisions, but his athleticism was such that he could usually compensate...Just to say, Green's defensive game isnt perfect by any means, but he has gotten A LOT better

alternatively, isn't corvo supposed to be the veteran and not making those mistakes...

Posted by: cotelloer | March 25, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I don't exactly remember the details, but it was somewhat late in the 3rd period. What I saw was Chimera having a step ahead of the d-man already with the puck. But it was just once and with no replay, so you could have had the better angle.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 25, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

alternatively, isn't corvo supposed to be the veteran and not making those mistakes...

Posted by: cotelloer | March 25, 2010 12:12 AM |
I don't think I ever had the impression of him not making those mistakes. Haha. I've been notoriously hard on Corvo since he got here, but he played an okay game for the most part. He actually took like 3 bad shifts in a row in the 2nd period, but he played okay besides that I think.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 25, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

@ Next request. Can somebody please beat New Jersey and Buffalo next game?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 24, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Why do we want Jersey to lose? I think we would rather see Jersey get 2nd slot in the East.

We can first on our own......we don't need help from anyone.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | March 25, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Yeah
i mean, chimera had a number of chances in that game, and it's not that he "totally blew them" but part of what makes laich (and much moreso backstrom and ovechkin and semin) so good is not just his passing ability but his ability to handle imperfect passes...or to stickhandle in tight spaces like around the net...

I really like Chimera, but im seeing him more and more as a 4th line winger for us come playoffs alongside bradley and steckel, which really is no sleight to him, but a compliment that we have a number of really talented players on this roster who are better

Posted by: cotelloer | March 25, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

When it comes to defensemen, I feel that we should either sit Poti or Corvo. Green and Schultz play very well together, as do ShaMo and Carlson. But Poti and Corvo, while showing flashes of brilliance, make too many defensive mistakes. I'd like to see Erskine, personally - I think he's much better than Sloan, who would be our only other option.

And something I don't know if anyone else said yet - what a game by Theo! When you look at the goals, the first was a deflection right in front of the net, the second was a bad bounce coupled with a failure in defensive coverage, and the third was an extremely well-placed shot with a defensive screen. There could have been a few more goals, if Theo hadn't been on fire. He deserved the second star of the game. And they should change the third star, and give it to Paul Devorski instead - best Pen on the ice tonight.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 25, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I'd hope Carlson is playing for us come playoff time. He brings physicality and energy, and is very good at puckhandling. Plus, he seems to almost always be in good defensive position.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 25, 2010 12:11 AM |

He definetely is. BB said like a month ago that Carlson was up here for the long haul.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 25, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

richmondphil, I think the play I mentioned is the one you were talking about. It was coming right towards me, so I probably saw more than what the cameras would have showed. Semin's pass was a split second late, and Chimera had to stop before the blue line - which meant the defenseman was coming up from behind full speed, and Chimera was going from a dead stop. Ovie might have been able to make that breakaway (that explosive speed of his is ridiculous!), but not many other people.

Chimera is a great 3rd/4th liner, but I think Fehr should be on the 2nd with BMo and Semin tomorrow. 3rd line of Chimera/Belanger/Flash has potential... I'd hate to be the one trying to keep up with them.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 25, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

The only good I ever see consistently out of Poti's game is his shot blocking. Which shouldn't be enough to log as many minutes as he does.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 25, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Shaone Morrison was great tonight. He's really been throwing his weight around lately. Love pairing with him and Carlson. If Morrison continues to play the way he's been playing, I can't see how we can let him go. He's playing better the Corvo, Poit, and I'd as good as the others.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | March 25, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

@Capsfannmiss

I just want the Caps to clinch the conference, one way or another.

I like NJ better than Pittsburgh by the way. (I root for anyone against the Pens.)

Some fans would rather see Pitt finish 2nd instead of NJ so the Caps would have no chance of seeing the Pens until Round 3. (Or would you rather us not see NJ instead of Pitt until Round 3?)

We'll have our work cut out for us, in any case, regardless of who the playoff matchups are.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 25, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I would love to see the Pens finish 4th, and the Flyers 5th. Or the Pens 2nd, and the Flyers 7th. Just want to see that matchup, pretty much... lol.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 25, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

new post.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 25, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Really? The officiating favored the Pens? Now there's a shocker! I'm just glad the boys didn't let it get under their skin and played their game to the finish. Definitely a sign of maturity and more mental toughness, which Boudreau has preached in the second half of the season. Very entertaining game regardless. The stunned look on Cindy's face after Knuble's SO goal was priceless! LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: AmyS1 | March 25, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I know Schultz isn't the physical d-man we'd like to see from someone his size and I'm ok with that. But a couple of times last night he could've stepped up a knocked a pen off the puck along the boards. Is one decent hit a game too much to ask?

Posted by: ds_kelly | March 25, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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