Three-goal outburst helps Capitals end 8-game slide
OTTAWA | The Washington Capitals had good reason to celebrate like they’d just won a lot more than a regular-season game.
The Capitals scored three times in a 6:21 span early in the second to erase a 2-0 deficit. Washington, which also had two goals disallowed, had been held to 11 goals during its 0-6-2 skid.
“We felt like we won a championship,” Perreault said. “We needed that win so much for our confidence and just for the team. That was a huge win for us.”
“In the sense that we’ll be able to sleep tonight I think it was a big win,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “And as a coach, just looking at the players’ faces and seeing them happy instead of grinding and everything it’s a huge win, but in the end it’s one win out of nine. It’s a relief for us but it’s not like we’re out of the woods.”
Alfredsson acknowledged that Washington’s victory celebration was a bit unusual for a midseason game, referencing the HBO camera crews on hand to film the Capitals for the cable network’s reality series.
“I’m sure they know they’re on TV and they’ve got a show going on so that’s I’m sure a good reason,” Alfredsson said.
Perreault, who was sick and didn’t play Saturday night in a loss in Boston, gave Washington its first lead on a power play 6:55 into the second for his second goal of the middle period.
He scored his first goal of the game 34 seconds into the second to draw the Capitals to 2-1. Fehr, who assisted on Perreault’s second goal, tied it at 2 with his fifth goal at 1:20 after having another waved off when time expired at the end of the first.
“We knew we had to win that game,” Perreault said. “After the first period we all regrouped and said, ‘OK guys, this has got to be our best period of the year.’ And I think that’s what we did.”