After the Capitals were defeated by the Sharks, head coach Barry Trotz switched up his forward lines for Thursday night. Eric Fehr, the one true love of hockey bloggers, was moved off the first line and reunited with forever linemates Jason Chimera and Joel Ward. It paid off with a 6-2 win. The new third trio was Washington’s best all night.
It looked as if they weren’t going to come away with anything to show for it against the Devils, but that’s when Cory Schineder capped off his awful night with a gift.
After earlier allowing a funky slapper from Chris Brown and three other shots in his net, Replacement Marty completed a shortened tenure by watching Joel Ward’s dump-in shot bounce off the Gatorade ad before it hit his back and hopped into the net.
Chimera could hardly believe it, laughing in Ward’s face as Schneider got the hook.
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“I thought they dominated the lines that they were out against tonight,” Trotz said of Fehr, Ward, and Chimera. “They were really good.”
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