wasn't on the bench for the Caps at the start of the second period after taking a Matt Gilroy
blast in the helmet with 6:11 left in the first. The team said the All-Star defenseman's return is questionable. Green would be missed -- he scored the first goal on Saturday and has points in all five games.
The Caps nearly scored 45 seconds into the period on a beautiful three-way passing play -- a brilliant defensive play by Marc Staal
kept Ovechkin from being able to put the puck into the net. Staal got a stick on a little touch pass from Nicklas Backstrom
, who opted to pass instead of shoot.
missed another chance a minute later -- Henrik Lundqvist
was in the right place to stop his wide-open backhander.
But the Caps continued to dominate play and made it 2-0 at 7:04 when Alex Ovechkin
took advantage of a long shift by the D-pair of Staal and Dan Girardi
. He raced up the right wing, cut in on a weary Staal and tucked a backhander past Lundqvist, who was left to fend for himself.
It's all Caps at the first TV timeout -- they're up 2-0 and heading to their third power play.