About five minutes into the second period, we almost got another fight. After Johnson gloved his shot, New Jersey's Travis Zajac continued in toward the goal and poked Brent with the business end of his stick. What would make this guy who had just been released from serving time for a hooking penalty, do such a thing? The Cap's continued to play well, and clueless Devils kept trying to pick fights with Brashear. Dirtball Johnny Oduya tried to take out Alex Ovechkin with a terribly obvious intentional knee on knee collision at the side wall. Ovie was down for a minute, but luckily seemed fine later. There will be no suspension for Oduya, but it sure should be at least reviewed. Both, Brooks Laich and Ovechkin had really good chances on some nice efforts. But, the period would end still scoreless. However, Eric Fehr and Tom Poti were each called for high sticking. So, the end of the period was all played in the Cap's end, with Laing clearing the puck just before time ran out. .
The remaining 40 seconds of a Devils' 5 on 3 power play to start the third period, was enough to get New Jersey on the board first. Just enough, as Jamie Langenbrunner got his first goal in six games with one second of the two man advantage left. Just over two minutes later, Washington's Alex Semin answered back with a backhand goal, assisted by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Semin now has a five game goal scoring streak. Backstrom's assist gave him his 50th point of this, his rookie season. Ovechkin's assist put him in a tie for the most points so far this season with 82. Ovechkin had a couple drives to the net during the balance of the second, that brought the crowd to it's feet. But, neither team managed to hit the back of the net before the period ended. One of the Devils did manage to hit one of the robotic cameras, which kept the puck from exiting the rink. This should've been a delay of game penalty for New Jersey, but somehow the referees didn't even notice, and play was allowed to continue.