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


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.

Avs unveil new third jerseys

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The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.

Having already released specialized “Mile High” jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled new third sweaters on Friday — less than 24 hours after a bitter 5-4 home loss to Minnesota in their season opener.

(Guess Colorado wanted to send out some good vibes after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead.)

While undoubtedly exciting for the organization, the release of these new thirds isn’t taking anybody by surprise. Last month, several websites published leaked images of Colorado’s and Anaheim’s third jerseys, so the design has been in the public eye for several weeks.

The Avs will debut these new thirds on Oct. 24, in a Saturday night tilt against Columbus.

Related: Roy explains why he didn’t call time out

Report: Escrow set at 16 percent

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Hey, remember in June when the NHLPA voted to keep the five-percent growth factor in spite of increasing worries about escrow?

Well, here’s why that decision was a significant one, via TSN’s Frank Seravalli:

With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday.

That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this season’s hockey-related revenue is counted to ensure a perfect 50-50 revenue split with owners.

Now, this doesn’t mean that the players will definitely lose 16 percent of their salaries. Typically, they receive refunds when all the accounting is done.

Still, 16 percent is a good-sized chunk to withhold. They won’t be thrilled about it.

Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith