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Posted at 07:34 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Mathieu Perreault still seeking consistency

Sitting at his locker on Monday afternoon, Mathieu Perreault said he aspires mostly for consistency -- creating opportunities with his passing on a game-to-game basis.

So his two-goal performance that sparked the Capitals to a 3-2 win on Sunday against the Ottawa Senators was distinctive as much because Perreault does not consider himself a goal scorer as that it continues a trend in which the 22-year-old seems to put up points in bunches between longer less productive spans.

"This is what they want me to do, to try to be good every night and try to create," Perreault said. "Other games I was creating things but I wasn't getting any points or goals. For sure, I would like to get points on more games than just getting bunches in one, but it's something I'm going to work on."

Perreault's two goals were his first points since a two-goal performance against Toronto on Dec. 6 -- a stretch of four games that coincided with Washington's eight-game losing streak.

The goals came somewhat uncharacteristically, as he crashed the net and did the dirty work in front. Asked to evaluate Perreault in his latest call-up, Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau praised the forward for his performance against Ottawa.

"He's an opportunist," Boudreau said. "He can make plays and we could tell right off the bat that he had a lot of energy in last night's game and didn't know it was going to end up with two goals, but it did, and we're grateful for that."

Eric Fehr will likely miss tonight's game against New Jersey to attend his grandmother's funeral, while Alexander Semin (undisclosed lower-body injury) is also doubtful.

The always-entertaining Bruce Boudreau talks about cursing and sleep deprivation in his latest radio appearance. (Bog)

What we can take away from the Caps' losing streak: They're going to have a chip on their shoulder, and they're going to be good. (Puck Daddy)

Michal Neuvirth is up, Jason Chimera is down. (Japers' Rink)

Construction begins soon on the Winter Classic's outdoor hockey rink at Heinz Field. (

Weirdness: Alex Ovechkin as Harry Potter (RMNB) and the Hershey Bears' holiday spirit (OFB).

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