The Capitals did plenty of good things in the first period against the Penguins. They possessed the puck, outshot the Pens, and made sure Pittsburgh was unable to run away with the game after an early Sidney Crosby marker. In the second frame, they came out with more of the same and it paid off.
After threatening throughout the game, the Caps broke through with a Mike Green power play goal to knot it up one apiece after two periods of play at the Verizon Center. Green finally made the most of one of the team's numerous power plays with a shot from the slot to tie it up. The Capitals defenseman, who hadn't scored in 14 games, was visibly relieved to see the puck go past Marc-Andre Fleury who had stopped the first 22 Capital shots of the game.
The Caps continued to control the ice in the second period, at one point forcing the Penguins to ice the puck four straight times. After the fourth, Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma called timeout to rest his players and soon after Washington drew their second penalty of the period. Mike Rupp went off for hooking and on the subsequent play, Matt Cooke's clearing effort ricocheted off the boards for a delay of game. Green scored just as Rupp was leaving the box.
The Penguins weren't without their chances. Most notably, Evgeni Malkin was interfered with on a breakaway attempt by Green. The referees awarded him a penalty shot, but Michal Neuvirth made a sprawling stop on Malkin backhand bid.
The Capitals held the Penguins to six shots once again. They lead the shot count 25-12 and continue to wear the Penguins down in their own zone. Pittsburgh has struggled to stay out of the box due to the pressure and failed to mount much a counterattack in the second period. However, the contest is still up for grabs heading into the third.