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Mathieu Perreault scores in 5-3 loss

Mathieu Perreault was a late call-up from Hershey to replace Brendan Morrison, who did not play in the Capitals' 5-3 loss to Calgary because of a lower body injury. Perreault made his first appearance with the NHL club since an 18-game stint in November and December, and he scored the final goal of the game.

Perreault is a fan favorite at Verizon Center because of his diminutive frame. He is listed at 5 feet 10 and 174 pounds, but let's just say that's being more than generous. A closer estimate would be 5-8, 170 pounds.

In any case, Perreault's goal came on the power play at 4 minutes 48 seconds of the third period. It was his third goal of the season. Here's what Perreault had to say after the game:

By Gene Wang  |  March 28, 2010; 6:11 PM ET
 
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Not a great game by the Caps, but congrat to Ovi on being the first to 100 pts.

Posted by: cotelloer | March 28, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Matty P (Mini me) is awesome.

On another note:

Crosby has goal #46 and 47 today. Screw you Crosby. GRR. Caps lose now Crosby has two goals. My day gets even worse.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 28, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Sedin has 101 points. Ovi not the first.

Posted by: derk45 | March 28, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I know Steckel scored a goal today but once a faceoff is complete, the guy is a total liability. He has no business on the PK. I don't care about his reach and stick length. He's slower than molasses, can't change directions quickly, is one of the most non-physical big guys in the league and is under-skilled, even for a 4th liner. He doesn't block shots, he doesn't win battles along the boards, he can't clear pucks effectively because of his poor hands and has very slow reaction time.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Caps arent making the playoffs.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 28, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Not a great game by the Caps, but congrat to Ovi on being the first to 100 pts.
Posted by: cotelloer | March 28, 2010
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Henrik Sedin got points 100 and 101 in Canucks' game against the Sharks last night.

Posted by: Dalliquippa | March 28, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Of the top 4 teams in the two conferences, the Caps have to be up there in terms of most likely to get upset in the first round. I'm not saying this just because of today's game.

If we face a physical team with a good defense and goalie, we could be in trouble. If that team also has a good, aggressive forecheck, things would get even more difficult for us, even if that team is not known for scoring a lot of goals.

Teams that can make things even slightly difficult for us offensively can take advantage of us defensively in transition. We don't backcheck consistently enough and our team defense, in general, gives opposing teams way too much time and space, both at even stength and on the PK.

Remember, we barely squeaked by the 7th seeded Rangers last season, who were a gritty team with good defense and a good goalie and they had both a solid forecheck and backcheck. Sure, we've improved this season... offensively. Defensively and in goal, things don't look much better, even with Theo having played well over the past couple of months. If Theodore doesn't rise to the occasion, Varlamov probably won't be able to bail us out like he did last time.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Steckel
is
awesome

though he did blow his defensive coverage on the third goal, still, great 4th line center

Posted by: cotelloer | March 28, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

My basic fear is that even lesser offensive teams will pick up their intensity in the playoffs and I'm not very confident in our defense and goaltending being up to the task. If our already subpar defense isn't able to match that rise in intensity, we'll probably see more penalties called against us and, in turn, way too much of our Eastern Conference playoff team worst PK.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

If the game was only the 2nd and 3rd periods, Caps win. Unfortunately we had an all around stinker 1st period that ruined the rest of the game.

Posted by: dimagus | March 28, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

@cotelloer

I respect your opinion but what does Steckel do well besides faceoffs?

I don't think he has a single NHL-caliber skill besides being great at faceoffs. Faceoffs are important but not when everything else that player brings to the table makes them liability.

And please give me something other than Boudreau's cliche "he's a big game player." There is almost no evidence at the NHL level of that being the case. He made 1 or 2 big plays. That's it. To me, Boudreau is just exaggerating to prop up the confidence of one of his players.

In my opinion, Steckel is awesome at faceoffs. He is quite the opposite of awesome in every other sense, except maybe off the ice in terms of being a good character.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

18 giveaways by the Caps to just 4 by the Flames.

10 of our giveaways were by defensemen or goalies. The Flames defensemen and goalies were only knocked for 2.

And the Flames were playing the backend of a back-to-back on the road. They are a desperate team but there is no good excuse for how we came out in this game, from the goalie on out.

You can praise our dominant 3rd period all you want but the Flames were sitting back to preserve the lead and were likely starting to lose their legs.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 28, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

why no pk time for Laing?

Posted by: wendel2 | March 28, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Steckel is lazy. He glides and stops moving his feet all the time. The beautiful thing about playing for Bruce when he likes you is this, he holds you to a lesser standard.

Steckel is at best an AHL level center, with above average face-off skills. When he'll be ready for the NHL is anybody's guess.

Posted by: rdatman | March 29, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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