Sean Collins knows that his time with the Capitals is limited as the defensive corps slowly gets healthy, but he will bring a souvenir back to AHL Hershey with him,
Collins' goal midway through the second period has given the Caps a 3-0 lead over the Panthers after 40 minutes.
Collins' second career NHL goal put the Caps up 3-0 at 11:42. A David Booth turnover gave the Caps a 4-on-2 odd man rush. Alex Ovechkin carried the puck into the zone and looked to set up a scoring chance. His pass caromed off of Mike Weaver and bounced right to a trailing Collins, who put a top shelf snap shot past Scott Clemmensen.
The Capitals outshot the Panthers 9-8 in the second period, but still find themselves down 26-15 in that department.
Semyon Varlamov, making his first start since March 29, has stopped all 26 shots that he has faced.