The Capitals changed goalies, but it didn't help. They now trail the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 after Claude Giroux banged home his own rebound for his 18th goal of the season with six minutes and 22 seconds left in the period.
Giroux dove down the center of the ice and had two very easy chances on net. Naturally, he was able to put one home, in yet another example of a horrendous defensive breakdown. Those have been common for the Capitals in this game.
Varlamov checked in for Michal Neuvirth in net to start the period, with an injury being the obvious guess. Varlamov and immediately was tested. His first save was a remarkable one, as he stoned Mike Richards on a point-blank wrist shot with his outside foot. It looked like Varlamov was caught off-balanced, but he recovered to make a spectacular stop. Jeff Carter, who scored the first goal, hit the post on a shot later in the period, as the Flyers kept battering the net.
The Capitals didn't get much going during the middle stages of the period. Mike Knuble had a one-time chance on the right wing, but Sergei Bobrovsky kicked it away with his right leg pad. A couple minutes later, Carter had a breakaway, but fired a slap shot over Varlamov's head. All that came minutes before Giroux's goal.
The Capitals nearly cut the lead to 2-1, but somehow, Jason Chimera couldn't get a wide open goal on the doorstep. He got a pass from Alex Ovechkin right in front of Bobrovsky, but couldn't get a clean handle on the puck and allowed Bobrovsky to save it away.