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Caps’ Fehr: ‘We almost don’t want two-goal leads’

Mar 2, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin, Adam Hall, Braydon Coburn AP

While the Philadelphia Flyers showed mettle in coming back from a 4-2 third-period deficit, giving up that lead stings the Washington Capitals, who eventually lost 5-4 in OT on Sunday.

To little surprise, the team seemed dejected after that defeat, with Eric Fehr really capturing what might indicate shaken confidence.

“We almost don’t want two goal leads the way we’re playing with them right now,” Fehr said, according to the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera.

(This may be the time when someone will chime in with the observation that the two-goal lead is “the worst lead in hockey.”)

Capitals head coach Adam Oates seemed exasperated after the game, as Carrera reports.

“It hurts because we blew a lead and it’s the wrong way,” Oates said. “At this point in time you’re supposed to be better than that.”

Goalie Braden Holtby provided a simpler assessment.

With the Capitals currently seated at ninth place in the East, this loss isn’t just embarrassing, it may very well hurt their chances of making the playoffs.

  1. fivetozeroingame7 - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Are you kidding? That game was great

    • 1cupin70years - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Ah, the life of a troll.

  2. everyonesuksbutme - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Outstanding game with great final results…The comeback kids do it again! Where was Ovi 1 Kanobe? Great game for Giroux.

    • lowenni - Mar 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      Jeez it’s amazing how much criticism Ovi draws. Just because he doesn’t score in one game means this is all his fault? There has never been a single player in the history of this league with a full season point streak. Ovi has scored 4 goals since just the Olympics started again…he already has 43 goals…what more do you people want? This game wasn’t his fault at all, it’s a GOOD sign he didn’t score and the Caps still managed four goals. If anyone, blame Orlov for the loss.

  3. watermelon1 - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Funny how flyers were able to continually take shots after whistle and nothing was called.

    Even if the major was the “right call,” you figured flyers would at least get a minor.

    is grabovski back yet?😑

    • flyerspsu - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      what are talking about? Schenn got a penalty for his late hit on Chimera and there were 2 other occasions where there were coincidental minors, Caps had 6 power plays while the Flyers had 4, yeah clearly the penalty calls killed the Caps …

      are you referring to the ridiculous dive by Wilson where he shot his head back and dropped to the ice after getting a light shove in the chest? even the NBC announcers called it embellishment, and then Wilson laughably tried to fight Giroux 5 seconds later … real tough guy there

      your team choked, get over it and accept the loss, the Flyers choked up a 4-2 lead to the Caps earlier this year, it happens, deal with it

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Seriously? That’s what you’re gonna blame the loss on? The Flyers not getting penalties?? That clown Downie gave you a double-minor… the Caps had SIX PPs and went 0 for 6. But somehow it was the Flyers getting preferential treatment. Get a clue, we’re the most penalized team in the NHL and almost never get the benefit of the doubt. Washington couldn’t close out a game they had and the Flyers fought hard to take those two points.

  4. sumkat - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    As much as I think the Flyers D is to be gentle, very suspect, it’s hard to argue the results. If you take out the early season swoon (I realize those ganes still count in the standings, but for the sake of this argument), they are up there with any team in the league in points (not to mention the pension for making comebacks in game).

    I don’t think they can pick up sort of stud d at the deadline, the guy isn’t out there to be had, and if he was, I don’t think they have the pieces. So when it comes to playoff hockey, I just can’t see the D holding up. But over the last 45 games, their record can stand right there with anybody

  5. matthewmacisaac - Mar 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Mr O’Brien, do you want to rethink that last line? When has a loss ever helped anyone’s playoff hopes? This loss alone doesn’t hurt their chances any more than any other loss, but when grouped with the others it hurts.

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