The Washington Times - October 21, 2011, 05:33PM

Mathieu Perreault seems to be the perfect catalyst on the Capitals’ fourth line.

That’s not to say Jay Beagle can’t do that job when healthy, but the undersized-yet-speedy center showed Thursday night a little of why he made the team out of training camp.

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His goal wasn’t really a thing of beauty. But, hey, he put the puck toward the net, where good things can happen.

“I was in a good position high and the guy tried to pass the puck up and intercept it,” Perreault said. “And then [Matt Hendricks] and [Jeff Halpern] went in front of the net. So I just tossed it in front. It was more of a pass to them than a shot, and then it trickled in.”

Trickled in off Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn’s stick. But it was just one example of how strong his overall game was.

Given Perreault’s strong play of late, it seems coach Bruce Boudreau’s quip about cutting his hair has been buried – for now.

“We haven’t really talked about it since the last time,” Perreault said. “I think he’s going to let me do my thing.”