A come from behind victory and a clutch overtime goal were all part of the Washington Capitals’ much-needed 4-3 win last night over the visiting Boston Bruins.
The Bruins (14-3-3) opened up the scoring, putting 3 goals in the net during the first period alone. But then, similar to their previous loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins could not hold on to the lead. A couple minutes into the second period, Capitals’ Mike Ribeiro scored, assisted by Steven Oleksy and Alex Ovechkin. Minutes later, Capitals’ Tomas Kundratek scored, his first NHL goal, bringing the Capitals (9-11-1) within 1 of the Bruins.
On to the third period, with Capitals fans on the edge of their seats (including yours truly), and Wojtek Wolski to the rescue. The Capitals’ player scored nearly 14 minutes into the period to tie the game, eventually taking it into overtime. But the extra time didn’t last long, as Capitals’ Eric Fehr scored 37 seconds into overtime, falling to the ice as he snuck the puck into the back of the Bruins net.
The player of the game was certainly Fehr, who recorded three points, thanks to his goal, along with two assists. One of which had Fehr scramble his way through a pack of Bruins in the offensive zone and pass the puck up to Wolski for the tying goal.
Ironically, the last time Fehr had a three-point game was against the Bruins, almost five years ago. “I kind of blacked out for a bit there,” Fehr said. “But saw the puck on my stick close to the net, saw (Bruins goalie) was leaning my way, so just tried to chip it over.”
The game was definitely a confidence booster for the Capitals, who have been trying to get themselves out of their low standing in their division. “We needed this,” said Wojtek Wolski. “There have been so many times in the beginning of the season where we gave up leads and kind of broke down as a team.”
So, can the Capitals keep the winning going? We’ll see on Thursday night, 7PM, when the Florida Panthers (7-11-5) face the Capitals at the Verizon Center. The last two wins have finally moved the Capitals out of last place in the Southeast Division, leaving the Panthers in last place. Another win and the Capitals could move ahead of Tampa Bay.