Capitals Q&A: Mathieu Perreault
Q: How did you find out you were coming back to Washington?
A: Coach [Mark] French and the GM [Doug Yingst] called me into the office to tell me. At first they were like, ‘Sorry, but you’re not going to play tonight.’ I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ Then they told me I got called up, so it was O.K.
Q: So you just pack a bag and hop in the car?
A: Yeah, I tried to make sure I left early in the afternoon so there wasn’t too much traffic. I got here just before 5 [p.m.], so that was perfect.
Q: What do you think about during that drive?
A: There are so many things. I am just thinking, ‘I am going to be on the ice with NHL guys tomorrow. Am I going to score? Am I going to feel good? There is a lot of stuff that goes through your mind.
Q: Now that you’ve been called up a couple times, is it different now than that first time?
A: For sure, because when I got here all the guys know me, and you just get a lot of, ‘What’s up? How have you been?’ That’s a lot different than some of the looks when get here the first time. It is different, but it is a lot of fun.
Q: What is like not knowing if you will be here for one game or for 18?
A: You have to go day-by-day because you don’t really know. I know guys are going to get healthy eventually. I just try to enjoy the moment and make a good impression so when I come back for training camp next year they know what I am capable of, and hopefully I can stick around.
Q: Could you have scripted this time (goals in the first two games) any better?
A: When you tell yourself to make a good impression, scoring is something you think about, but you don’t really expect it. Then I was able to score, and I was really happy.