Semyon Varlamov walked through the visitor's dressing room doorway, patted his counterpart on the shoulder and gave a nod to acknowledge Michal Neuvirth's part in snapping the Capitals' losing streak at eight games.
It might not have been a flawless game, but for Neuvirth, who hadn't won since Nov. 17 against Buffalo, the way he played late in Sunday night's 3-2 win over the Senators bolstered his confidence.
With the Capitals protecting their one-goal lead after Mathieu Perreault's second goal with 6 minutes and 55 seconds elapsed in the second period, Neuvirth made ordinary saves and a few flashy ones as well. The former were just as important as the latter though, because during this streak, the routine saves haven't always been quite so simple for either of Washington's 22-year-old netminders.
The contest in Ottawa marked Neuvirth's first set of consecutive starts since late November. He acknowledged that by playing in back-to-back games, he was able to develop a rhythm.
"It's kind of tough going back and forth," said Neuvirth, who finished with 24 saves against Ottawa. "Even [against Boston] I was feeling pretty good but it's all about confidence -- I was trying to find it and hopefully I found it [Sunday]. After we scored the third goal I made a couple good saves and I was feeling like myself."