The Washington Times - February 10, 2012, 01:56PM

Thursday night was just the fourth time Mathieu Perreault was used in an NHL shootout. With the game on the line, he couldn’t even get a shot off, as the Washington Capitals lost 3-2 to the Winnipeg Jets.

Put aside for a second the silliness that a shootout was the reasons the Jets got another point and the Caps didn’t. Perreault was 0-for-3 in his career before this attempt, so, coach Dale Hunter, why choose him?


Matty’s been doing well in practice on breakaways,” he said. “So we do it, we practice it. Definitely the first two are obvious, then after that it’s whoever does the best.”

Alex Ovechkin scored and Alexander Semin was stopped by Ondrej Pavelec in the shootout.


Matt Hendricks‘ nose was in bad shape late Thursday night, the result of a high stick from Bryan Little in the third period. Hendricks shook it off like he always does with flesh wounds.

It helped that Ovechkin and Semin both scored on that double-minor power play.

He’s working hard, and when you work hard like that you get rewarded,” Hunter said. “It’s good for us. Unfortunately for him, he got a cut. But I think he’d take a four-minute penalty for a cut on his nose.”


This was not a loss to pin on Tomas Vokoun in any way. He made 25 saves, and though he wasn’t as stellar as Pavelec, did not allow a soft goal.

It was a five-on-three goal and a tip goal, so you can’t fault his game. He made big saves for us,” Hunter said. “He didn’t have a lot of work, so it’s tough on a goalie early to keep in the game and stuff. But when we did break down, he had to make a good save and he did.”