Perreault’s two goals fuel reeling Caps

The Washington Capitals had good reason to celebrate like they’d

just won a lot more than a regular-season game.

Mathieu Perreault scored twice, Eric Fehr had a goal and an

assist and Washington ended its losing streak at eight games,

beating the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, on Sunday night.

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.”

The Capitals poured off the bench at the end of the game and

gathered in a mob around goalie Michal Neuvirth, knocking the net

up against the boards.

”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.”

Ryan Shannon and Chris Kelly scored in the first for Ottawa,

which hadn’t lost through regulation in its previous four games

(2-0-2).

”We got the start we wanted, they got some good breaks early in

the second and that’s five minutes we would like to have back, but

that’s the way it goes,” Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson

said.

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.”

Neuvirth stopped 24 shots for Washington, which also had an

apparent goal by Alex Ovechkin disallowed later in the second.

Brian Elliott made 31 saves for Ottawa.

”When you get two points, you’re just happy like a kid,” said

Ovechkin, who got his team-leading 26th assist and 38th point on

Fehr’s goal. ”We just want to win so bad.”

The Capitals captain saw his goal drought extended to six games,

though, when a video review wiped out his tally 9:14 into the

second, which would have put Washington up by two.

Elliott stuck out his left pad to stop Ovechkin’s drive with

just under 4 minutes remaining. Ovechkin has scored just once in

his past seven games and twice in 17.

Washington struck for two quick goals 46 seconds apart early in

the second, taking advantage of a pair of Ottawa turnovers to tie

it at 2.

Former Capitals defenseman Sergei Gonchar turned over the puck

at the Capitals’ blue line and Brooks Laich took off on a 3-on-1.

Perreault tapped home Mike Knuble’s rebound for his third goal.

Ovechkin intercepted veteran Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips’

pass along the boards behind the net moments later and fed the puck

to Fehr, who fired it past Elliott to tie it at 2.

Perreault gave Washington the lead on a power play at 6:55 with

his fourth goal, his second of the period.

Ovechkin appeared to have scored when a rebound of Laich’s

tight-angle shot from the right corner went in off his left leg.

Referee Don VanMassenhoven signaled a goal, but his on-ice ruling

was overturned by a video review, which showed Ovechkin turned his

left skate out as he drove toward the net.

”I kicked it,” Ovechkin said. ”If it was in, it was in, I’ll

take it. Why not?”

Fehr just missed scoring at the end of the first period. His

shot got past Elliott, but the goal was waved off immediately by

VanMassenhoven. A video review confirmed that time expired before

the puck went in.

Shannon put a wrist shot past Neuvirth for his fourth goal 7:11

in.

Kelly made it 2-0 with his eighth goal at 13:55, snapping a shot

past Neuvirth from the edge of the crease.

NOTES: Well before VanMassenhoven announced that Ovechkin’s

goal had been disallowed, the other referee, Eric Furlatt, skated

over to move the puck from the center-ice faceoff dot to the one

outside the Washington blue line in front of the Capitals’ bench.

… Capitals LW Alexander Semin missed his third game in a row

because of a lower-body injury. Semin leads Washington with 18

goals in 32 games, though he had not scored in seven games before

his injury.