WASHINGTON -- Having scored two goals in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals forward Eric Fehr joked earlier this week that he would share the goal-scoring glory with his teammates.
He eventually did, but not before opening the scoring Thursday in Washington’s 3-2 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic outracing Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook to a bouncing puck before charging up ice and beating goaltender Corey Crawford at 7:01 of the first period.
"Play 82 outside, play all 82 outside and [Fehr] would lead the League," forward Brooks Laich said.
Fehr does lead the League in one category: His three NHL Winter Classic goals are the most in League outdoor-game history.
"Is that official? That's pretty cool," Fehr said. "I didn't know that. I tell you one thing, the goals feel extra special in the outdoor games, especially when there is a home crowd like this. They were really into the game and we really wanted to get them a win."
Fehr has been one of the Capitals' most consistent contributors lately with four goals in his past three games.
His habit for scoring big goals is no surprise to his teammates.
"He was a scorer in juniors, I played with him in the minors, he scored OT goals, the two ones in Pittsburgh obviously," Laich said. "He’s a clutch triggerman at moments and he scored a great goal for us tonight too."