In the most important game of their season to this point, the Washington Capitals broke through for two goals in the final ten minutes of the second period to take a 2-0 lead over the Minnesota Wild.
Washington took a 1-0 lead at the 10:09 mark of the period as Jason Chimera finished off a 2-on-1 break with Alexander Semin and scored his 19th goal of the season.
The Capitals took advantage of a piece of good fortune to take a 2-0 lead. With 6:04 left in the period, Clayton Stoner was sent to the box for delay of game after shooting the puck into the crowd from his own zone. However, replays appeared to show that the puck had actually deflected off Mike Knuble's stick and into the crowd.
Regardless, the Capitals took advantage of the gift as Mathieu Perreault scored his 14th goal of the year at the 15:15 mark to put Washington up, 2-0.
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