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."
The Capitals' players 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."
"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."
"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 last 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.
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 tally 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.
|Mathieu Perreault (85), who nets two goals in the contest, and Brooks Laich (21) look for a rebound in front of Brian Elliott. (Getty Images)|
|Washington (19-12-4) «||0||3||0||3|
|07:11||- Ryan Shannon (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Winchester|
|13:55||- Chris Kelly (8), Tip-In. Assist: Neil|
|34.0||- Mathieu Perreault (3), Tip-In. Assist: Knuble, Laich|
|01:20||- Eric Fehr (5), Tip-In. Assist: Ovechkin|
|06:55||Power Play - Mathieu Perreault (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Fehr|
|03:19||Steckel, 2 min, Interference|
|16:00||Michalek, 2 min, Slashing|
|03:15||Regin, 2 min, Slashing|
|05:33||Michalek, 2 min, High-Sticking|
|10:47||Green, 2 min, Hooking|
|12:48||Erskine, 2 min, Roughing|
|12:48||Michalek, 2 min, Roughing|
|01:45||Karlsson, 2 min, Tripping|
|07:08||Perreault, 2 min, Hooking|
|09:52||Ruutu, 2 min, Hooking|
|12:35||Carlson, 2 min, High-Sticking|
|17:15||Chimera, 2 min, Holding|
|19:43||Foligno, 2 min, Holding|
|Shots On Goal|
|Attendance - 19516|
|Referees - Eric Furlatt, Don Van Massenhoven|
|Linesmen - Brian Murphy, Mark Shewchyk|