Originally written on LA Times  |  Last updated 10/23/14

WASHINGTON DC, DC - SEPTEMBER 23: Aaron Johnson #23 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates against Mathieu Perreault #85 of the Washington Capitals during their preseason game on September 23, 2009 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Perreault's first three-goal game helps Washington deal with the absence of Alex Ovechkin because of a suspension.WASHINGTON — Mathieu Perreault got the first hat trick of his career, including the tiebreaking goal in the third period, to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.
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