HM had a feeling in her gut that last night would be the night the Caps would break out of the dreadful losing streak - and lesson learned, don't mess with a woman's intuition. Of course the opening period sent many a Capitals fan into a tailspin as the Senators took a 2-0 lead, something we've seen a few too many times during the course of the slump.
Young spitfire Mathieu Perreault returned from his brief bout with the flu with a vengeance, scoring two of the Capitals' three tallies. And he did so from the nasty zone right in front of the net, something we haven't seen in quite some time (though Mike Knuble had a few scoring chances of his own in the nasty zone himself). Meanwhile, Eric Fehr, who was promoted to the top line along with #8 and #19, also had a stellar performance. Fehr had a goal of his own and the assist on the game winner that came in the second period. He also recorded a season high in shots with seven and also in ice time (16:56). The boys could not contain their jubilation at the final horn as they captured their first win since December 1. So Capitals fans can look forward to some happy television drama for a change when HBO's 24/7 airs this Wednesday.
We can only hope that this hard-fought-for win gives the boys back their confidence and that it carries over into tomorrow's contest against an injury-depleted Devils squad. New Jersey is coming off of a 7-1 "thrashing" at the hands of Atlanta and will be looking for redemption on a nationally televised stage.
A huge Hockey Mom stick tap to the Capitals for last night's efforts - now keep playing like the winners you are boys!