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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 01/15/2011

Eric Fehr out 3-4 weeks with shoulder injury

By Katie Carrera

Eric Fehr suffered a right shoulder injury when he collided with David Steckel in the neutral zone during Washington's 4-2 loss to Vancouver Friday night and Coach Bruce Boudreau said that the right wing will be out 3-4 weeks. Fehr had his right arm in a sling on Saturday at KCI.

It's a bad break for both player and team as Fehr, who had five points in six games heading into the contest with the Canucks, recently found his confidence and had been steadily creating offense in recent outings at a time when Washington is struggling to score goals. Fehr is also the latest right wing who will be out for an extended period of time -- both Matt Bradley (broken finger) and Alexander Semin (undisclosed lower body) are still out -- so the Capitals will be recalling a forward from Hershey to help out in his absence, Boudreau said.

This is not the first time Fehr has missed time because of shoulder injuries. In the summer of 2009, he had surgery on both shoulders after injuring both in the previous season.

By Katie Carrera  | January 15, 2011; 12:59 PM ET
Categories:  Eric Fehr, Injuries  
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First Crosby, now Fehr. Looks like Steckel is trying to wrestle the title of Sargeant Nasty away from Schultz.

Posted by: wingmancd | January 15, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

fehr now joins boyd gordon on the injury prone list....package them with bandaids and make a move

Posted by: wendel2 | January 15, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure Backstrom didn't miss on that breakaway because he wasn't trying either. He just got beat by the opposing player, that's sport.

What an insight!!!

There was an instance during a Saints' game last year when a player missed an assignment or didn't make a play, when he got to the sideline, he told HC Sean Payton, "my bad, my bad...".

Payton went right after the player and told him, "F that, MAKE THE PLAY!!!".

THAT is sport.

Posted by: joek443 | January 15, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

It isn't about simply trying, that's a given with all the money these guys make.

It's about executing and making the play, THAT is what they're paid to do.

Posted by: joek443 | January 15, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Payton went right after the player and told him, "F that, MAKE THE PLAY!!!".

THAT is sport.

Posted by: joek443

Of course each player will go into every play with the mindset, "F that, I'm going to make that play" but the opposing player is thinking the exact same thing. Only ONE player can win, which means one player loses. So 50% of the players who think "F that, I'm going to make that play" end up failing while 50% end up succeeding.

Backstrom got beat by Luongo, Varly got beat by Sedin. It happens. Maybe it happened because the Canucks players are simply more talented, that is possible. It doesn't mean that Backstrom or Varly aren't talented or didn't try, just that Sedin and Luongo are more talented.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 15, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Food for thought:
Caps record (W-OTW, TotalW-L-OTL) = 18-6, 24-14-7
broken down,
vs Sub.500 teams = 12-4, 16-6-3
vs +.500 teams = 6-2, 8-8-4

To define '.500' teams I looked at Total Wins vs Total Losses. For example Carolina (21-16-6) is considered sub .500 because I added to 21-22. By the way, Caps have really bullied Canes taking 8/8 points.

so what?

well it strikes me that there seems to be more than just 'slumps' or 'rough patches'. It looks like the Caps are doing just fine against weak opponents and struggling against +.500 (aka playoff) teams.

Posted by: PSD1 | January 15, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or were there times last night (specifically when Steckel and Fehr collided) that you could put the Benny Hill Show theme on and it would actually fit with their style of play?

Posted by: sabredc | January 15, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

you know, if Steckel really decided to be a hitter, he could do some serious damage to people... Like I've said many times before he has the potential to be a Joel Otto type defensive center but just doesn't have the mindset.

Posted by: joek443 | January 15, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Cindy Crysby saw the replay and stated: "Steckel had full intent to hit Fehr. He was attempting to injure Fehr. The league should seriously look at making contact illegal. I was at home talking to my boyfriend about it and he ageed!"

Posted by: chriscaps | January 15, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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