WASHINGTON — Eric Fehr scored 37 seconds into overtime Tuesday night, and the Washington Capitals rallied from a three-goal, first-period deficit to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a thriller reminiscent of the teams’ seven-game playoff series a year ago.
Pinched by two defenders, Fehr was falling forward as he got off the shot that hit the upper right post and went in, giving the Capitals their seventh win in 10 games as they attempt to climb out of the lower echelons of the NHL standings.
Fehr also got the assist on the game-tying goal with 6:05 to play in regulation, when he worked his way through a crowd into the offensive zone and — with four Bruins around him — managed to get the puck ahead to Wojtek Wolski for the backhanded stroke past Tuukka Rask.
Mike Ribeiro also scored, Tomas Kundratek got his first NHL goal, Steve Olesky earned his first NHL assist, and Braden Holtby made 30 saves in his 10th consecutive start for Washington in the teams’ first meeting since the Bruins were eliminated in seven one-goal games by the Capitals in the first round of the 2012 postseason, when Boston was defending its 2011 Stanley Cup title.
A short-handed penalty shot by Brad Marchand, an even-strength goal by Zdeno Chara and a power-play tally from Dougie Hamilton gave Boston a 3-0 lead in the first period. Rask made 22 saves for the Bruins, who have lost two straight following a six-game winning streak.
Alex Ovechkin had an especially eventful night for the Capitals, with plays good and bad. He committed three penalties — including two that led to Bruins goals — but he set up a Capitals goal and was active on the defensive end throughout. He crashed into the net three times in the third period, once while drawing a hooking penalty.