The Detroit Red Wings appeared to regroup in the second period, scoring their first goal of the game to cut the Washington Capitals lead to 3-1 and generally dominating play for much of the period. However, Washington's fourth line came up huge with a Mathieu Perreault goal with just 7.6 second left in the frame, and now the hometown Capitals have a three goal lead entering the final period, appearing to take some of the wind out of Detroit's sails with the late period tally.
The Capitals went up 3-0 on Mike Green's second power play goal of the game five minutes into the second stanza, but played sloppy for much of the period, drawing four penalties and having to fend off a 5-on-3 power play for the Red Wings, before the Perreault goal bailed them out.
Tomas Vokoun has impressed again between the pipes, stopping 25 of the 26 shots he has faced.
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