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That feeling of hitting the net isn't one Matt Hendricks has experienced during this regular season. And while he and the Caps are just seven games in, he'd like to start scoring to reach the preseason benchmark of 10 goals.
At 5-foot-10 (maybe on skates) and 185 pounds (maybe, just maybe soaking wet with his pads still on), Mathieu Perreault isn't in the Capitals' lineup to push guys around. More often than not, he's getting pushed around.
George McPhee is fond of telling the story of how a year ago the Capitals were coming off a Presidents' Trophy season and still plugged four rookies into their opening night lineup along with Matt Hendricks, who went into camp without a contract. The message to players again this year was: If you're good enough to make it, the team will make room.
The Washington Capitals' race for the final roster spot is down to four players. Through three preseason games, Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren, Chris Bourque and Mathieu Perreault did little to distinguish themselves from the pack.
For fringe NHL players such as Chris Bourque, Ryan Potulny, Mathieu Perreault and Christian Hanson, this is a valuable time of year.
Marcus Johansson scored the go-ahead goal 9:40 into the third period, tipping in Mathieu Perreault's shot from the left circle, to spark the slumping Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.
Carey Price wasn't thrown off by having to miss morning skate. Brian Gionta wasn't thrown off by anything.
Alex Ovechkin had a goal to end an eight-game drought and added an assist for the Washington Capitals, who held on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Sunday night.
Mathieu Perreault scored twice, Eric Fehr had a goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals ended their losing streak at eight games, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Sunday night.