Capitals' Eric Fehr hopes Winter Classic success jumpstarts his scoring
Eric Fehr stole the headlines when he scored twice to help the Capitals beat the Penguins in the Winter Classic on Saturday, but the enigmatic forward acknowledged Tuesday he needs more than one big game to turn his season around, regardless of the stage.
Fehr has seven goals and eight assists this season in 36 games, and he was a healthy scratch for the fourth time as recently as Dec. 26.
He knows that if he is to get things going, the goals against Pittsburgh need to be the beginning of the transition rather than the culmination.
"Hopefully that will build my confidence to start scoring again," Fehr said. "I've had a lot of opportunities over the past couple of games, past couple of weeks, and I haven't been able to score. Hopefully now I'll be feeling a lot better and I'll be able to put the puck in the net."
Coach Bruce Boudreau lauded Fehr's play Saturday on both ends of the ice -- Fehr also blocked two shots -- but said he expects that kind of production from Fehr and needs to see it continue.
Fehr has been shuffled up and down lines repeatedly this season as the Caps try to jumpstart his scoring.
"Eric's getting press now because he scored two goals in the Winter Classic, but it's only seven," Boudreau said. "Let's not jump off the boat and anoint him here. It was just last week that I sat him out as a healthy scratch so he's got to -- again, like a lot of the guys, consistency is the key. He's got to do it consistently."
Fehr has dealt with various injuries throughout his time in Washington, including last year when he scored 21 goals in 69 games after recovering from shoulder surgery during the previous offseason.
He said he currently feels as healthy as he has been in his entire pro career, and he hopes that shows on the ice during the second half of the season.
Now is as good a time as any for Fehr to start scoring, as the Caps' next four games are against division opponents, starting with tonight against the Lightning.
"I've got to get a lot better" Fehr said. "I've had just as many opportunities as last year, I just haven't scored as many goals. That's something I'll really focus on in the second half."
| January 4, 2011; 12:26 PM ET
Categories: Eric Fehr, Winter Classic
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