Mathieu Perreault let out a deep sigh as he sat in his stall in the dressing room at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday and looked around. With all of the injuries that mixed up the Capitals' lineup, who was on injured reserve and who wasn't, he was just glad to still be with Washington.
The fan favorite had a good first game in the NHL this season, with a pair of assists on two Alexander Semin goals and a plus-3 rating, but he knows that any day circumstances could change and he could be headed back to Hershey.
"I want to get every chance that I can and do good with it," Perreault said. "I know I'll get another chance and it's in my power to do as good as I can every time to make the most of it."
Perreault has said all the right things since he was recalled over the weekend, but a few days ago when discussing the team's injury predicament, Coach Bruce Boudreau added the living-on-the-edge pressure associated with being the call-up player as another reason why injuries shouldn't lower the level of play.
"I firmly believe that a guy gets in there and he's got to overachieve," Boudreau said. "Like a Mathieu Perreault went in, he overachieved and played great. That's what he's got to do if he wants to stay here or make us do something for him to stay here. He can't have off games, you cant have average games, you've got to play like that."
FROM THE POST
Yes, it's early in the season, but there's no question that there's no time like the present for the Capitals' top line to find a return to form.
If you missed it yesterday, here's the latest slate of injury and roster updates.
Three Tuesday thoughts from the good folks over at Box Seats. (Kareem El-Alaily)
IN THE MINORS
Michal Nylander underwent successful neck surgery. (Democrat and Chronicle)
Sheldon Souray, on loan to the Bears from the Edmonton Oilers, broke his right hand in a fight with Matt Clackson and will be out two weeks. (Tim Leone)
AROUND THE WEB
Michal Neuvirth has made preseason concerns about young goaltenders in net quickly fade to the background. (Corey Masisak)
In his "30 Thoughts" CBC's Elliotte Friedman brings up concerns about Alex Ovechkin's shift length.