With their season on the line, the Washington Capitals are favoring a familiar face over a trade deadline find. Eric Fehr steps back in the Caps’ lineup in place of Curtis Glencross against the New York Rangers in Game 7.
Fehr, 29, has missed the past 10 games. He hasn’t scored in the three playoff contests he appeared in, but he showed decent scoring punch during the regular season, with 19 goals (including four game-winners) in 75 games.
Fehr also had 14 assists for a total of 33 points.
He’s a big body who’s currently slotted in a lower line combination, yet he’s shown a decent amount of aptitude skating with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom when given the opportunity.
Glencross, 32, has been quiet during the playoffs, managing a single goal in 10 games. He hasn’t really produced many chances, either, with just 14 shots on goal.
On paper, this is a minor swap, but you never know when a bit player might steal the spotlight.
A costly mistake by Curtis Glencross led to Ryan McDonagh’s overtime winner in Game 5 sending the series back to Washington for Game 6 on Sunday night.
Glencross’ cross-ice pass in the neutral zone was picked off by Jesper Fast leading to the game-winner.
“It’s disappointing, obviously,” Glencross said per CSN Washington. “They picked off a hard pass across the ice out of the air and came back and unfortunately they put it in the back of the net.”
Glencross scored his first career playoff goal in the third period to open the scoring. The goal snapped a 19-game drought. The euphoria was short lived however.
McDonagh took a drop pass from Derek Stepan at 9:37 of the extra period and beat a screened Braden Holtby for his second of the playoffs.
“(Brooks Laich) was all alone wide,” Glencross said of his pass attempt. “If I make a pass like that he’s gone in [alone] pretty much.”
Glencross expects his team to take better advantage of opportunities on Sunday at the Verizon Center.
“That’s hockey,” Glencross said. “We didn’t seal it up and when it goes to overtime it’s a game of mistakes and they got one. We’ll be good next game and we want to finish it off in six. We’ll have short-term memory, come back on Sunday and take the series.”
The New York Rangers were less than two minutes away from their season ending. They couldn’t seem to find a way to score on Braden Holtby.
Then Chris Kreider buried a snap shot with 1:41 remaining in regulation to force overtime, and Ryan McDonagh won it at 9:37 of the extra period, as the Rangers came back to earn a 2-1 victory in Game 5 against the Washington Capitals.
That is now the fifth time in these playoffs the Rangers have won by a score of 2-1. Every game they’ve played in this post-season — and they’re now up to 10 — has been decided by a single goal.
Game 6 goes Sunday in Washington.
For the longest time, it seemed the Rangers, despite holding the edge in shots, couldn’t solve Holtby, who was solid from the beginning, as illustrated with this quick left-pad save on Martin St. Louis early in the opening period when the Capitals were really under pressure.
Holtby made 41 saves in the loss.
Things looked even more dire for the Rangers when Curtis Glencross scored on a breakaway to give the visitors a 1-0 lead with less than 10 minutes left in the third period.
There was a controversial moment in the second period, as the Capitals appeared to score, only to have the goal waved off. There was traffic in front of Henrik Lundqvist, who ended up getting tangled with Joel Ward and Derek Stepan before the puck trickled in behind him.
From CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley, citing an explanation from the NHL:
“The goaltender wasn’t allowed to play his position in the crease. Incidental contact.”
Chris Kreider was finally able to solve Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby, at the most critical of times.
Kreider’s goal on a snap shot with 1:41 left in the third period finally got the Rangers on the board, sending Game 5 to overtime with New York needing a win to stave off elimination. Just after the midway mark of the third period, Curtis Glencross scored to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
The Washington Capitals are going with veteran experience over youth for tonight’s Game 7 against the Islanders.
Trade deadline pickup Curtis Glencross, who’s been a scratch for the last three games, will draw back in tonight — likely at the expense of rookie Michael Latta.
Glencross, 32, wasn’t much of a factor in the opening three games of this series, going pointless with a minus-3 rating. That included a forgettable effort in a 4-3 win in Game 2, during which he received just over seven minutes of ice time after being on for two of the Islanders’ three goals.
He hasn’t been a tremendous fit in Washington, period. Though his production through 18 regular season games was decent — four goals and seven points — he only averaged 12:36 TOI under head coach Barry Trotz, way down from the 16:41 he got with Calgary prior to the trade.
It’ll be interesting to see if Glencross can give the Caps anything tonight, in what will be the 13th Game 7 in franchise history.