What a difference one period makes.
The Caps came back to life against the Ottawa Senators in the third period, rallying to score three goals to give the Caps a 3-1 win.
The goal that turned the game around was by Mike Knuble, who took advantage of an Ottawa turnover in their own zone and hit the snap shot, tying the game and reviving the Caps. From there it looked like Washington had an extra pep in their step, and it seemed like they were playing at a different speed the rest of the way.
Remember Washington's frustrating stretch of power play opportunities? Well, they got another chance to right the ship in the final period when Milan Michalek was called for cross checking. It took all of two seconds into the power play for the Caps to score their second goal. Off of a faceoff, Nicklas Backstrom found John Carlson, who then hit the snap shot, giving Washington the 2-1 lead and all the momentum in the world.
Jason Chimera finished the flurry of goals when he bounced the puck off the back of net minder Brian Elliot, which then ricocheted into the net, giving the Caps a 3-1 lead that would stand for good.
This game started slowly for Washington, but the third period showed the kind of team they can be. They still have plenty of work moving forward (starting better, being more consistent on power play chances), but perhaps this victory can help them regain some of their swagger. It also helps that this win makes them now tied for the lead in the Southeast division. That certainly will raise their spirits.
Though this was a thrilling win for the Caps, time will tell if this win will help start a good run.