The Capitals have scored 27 goals in the second period entering Monday's game, second-best in the NHL. They definitely needed some after trailing the New Jersey Devils 3-0 after one period, but they didn't get any. Washington trails New Jersey 5-0 after two periods.
Jason Arnott tallied his second goal of the game just 2:43 into the period off of a rebound that eluded Braden Holtby. About five minutes later, former Capitals Dainius Zubrus scored in the same way. Holtby has now given up eight goals in his last three periods of action.
As a matter of fact, Holtby was the only goalie available for the Capitals through the first half of the game. Holtby started in place of Michal Neuvirth, who was expected to start, but tweaked an injury and Bruce Boudreau elected to sit him. Semyon Varlamov's equipment was delayed, but it finally arrived midway through the period and he was able to back up Holtby.
The Capitals outshot New Jersey 16-7, but could not get anything past veteran netminder Johan Hedberg, who has made 20 saves.