If there was one bright spot in Washington's 5-4 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs Monday night, it was likely the play of center Mathieu Perreault. In his fourth game with the Capitals this season on his second call-up stint of the year, Perreault tallied the first two-goal game of his career and third multi-point game.
On his first shift of the contest he headed straight to the Toronto net, which he remained near until he tipped a shot by Tom Poti from the point past Jonas Gustavsson. In the second period, for his second goal of the contest, Perreault gained control of the puck in the left faceoff circle as part of a strong shift with linemates Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin. After plenty of time to take aim, Perreault fired into the top lefthand corner of the net to make it 3-1.
"I felt good [Monday]. It's just unfortunate that we came out with a loss here," said Perreault, who played 1:48 in the overtime session and got one of Washington's shootout tries. "It shows that they have confidence in me and can play me in big situations."
Said Coach Bruce Boudreau: "He brought great energy [Monday], like we thought. He made plays, like we thought. If some of the other forwards had played with as much energy as him, we wouldn't have been in the situation we were in."
What's crucial for Perreault at this stage to show he deserves to remain in Washington is consistency in following up this strong effort. Last year, during an 18-game stint, Perreault recorded six points in eight games but then just one in his final 10 appearances.
"Every time I get called up it seems like the first game, I'm flying," Perreault said. "Now it's just a matter of doing it every night."
Here's video of Perreault's second goal:
FROM THE POST
The game story: Washington can't snap a two-game skid as it blows a three-goal lead in the third period and then goes on to lose to Toronto, 5-4, in a shootout.
Check out Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby joking around at a Vanity Fair shoot.
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