his is the only time these two teams will meet in 2011. Unless of course they meet in the Stanley Cup Finals, which seems like a distinct possibility off a good hockey game between two talented teams tonight at Verizon Center. Ultimately it was the visitors who prevailed.
If the Capitals had played in the second period as well as they did in the third, the result of this game could have been different. Marcus Johansson did all that he could to make it interesting, scoring early in the final period. Some hard work by Brooks Laich to keep the play alive and a perfect cross-ice pass from Nicklas Backstom to his countryman got the Capitals back in the game and brought the energy back to Verizon Center. Johansson made no mistake in shooting the puck into the net straight away as Roberto Luongo was slow to get over to cover. Luongo may not have even seen Backstrom's pass due to traffic in front of the crease.
There wasn't all good news at the time though. During the goal celebration, Eric Fehr left the bench for the locker room. His injury was the apparent result of a collision with teammate David Steckel.
But after some fast and aggressive play throughout the remainder of the game, Daniel Sedin scored his second goal of the night and 27th of the season after Semyon Varlamov had been removed in favor of an extra skater with under one minute to go.
The Capitals will have the chance to get back on their feet Sunday night as the Ottawa Senators pay a visit to D.C.