The firepower that the Capitals brought to the first period of Sunday's game and to the second period throughout the season did make an appearance in Sunday's second period. The Capitals lead the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 after 40 minutes of action.
The Capitals, whose 32 second period goals are tied with the Philadelphia Flyers for the most in the NHL, could not score and add to their lead. Carolina, on the other hand, didn't take long to find their offense.
Erik Cole gave the Hurricanes life just 50 seconds into the period when Eric Staal took the puck behind the Capitals' net and found Cole wide open with a drop pass to set up Carolina's first goal. Carolina would dictate the pace for most of the second period, buzzing around Semyon Varlamov, but could not tie the game.
Washington is outshooting Carolina 24-13, but only mustered seven shots to Carolina's six in the second period.