PITTSBURGH – Five days ago Mathieu Perreault was on the wrong end of a collision at RBC Center -- and almost immediately his thoughts drifted toward the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. He was gripped with fear.
Perreault, who ended up with a broken nose and a concussion, missed the Washington Capitals' game on Tuesday. But the rookie center – distorted face and all – was able to skate with his team Friday at Heinz Field and will be in the lineup Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC.
"Yeah, right away – pretty much my first thought was, 'Oh God, I'm not be able to play in the Winter Classic,'" Perreault said. "It turned out it was more my nose than my head, so it was fine. The concussion sometimes you never know but my head feels fine."