WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: Tomas Vokoun #29 of the Washington Capitals is knocked into the goal during the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Verizon Center on December 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
The second period haunts the Caps again in a 5-1 loss to the Flyers.
The second period has not been kind to the Washington Capitals this season. The 33 goals against in the middle frame is fifth-most in the NHL.
In three blowout losses this season, the Caps have allowed three or more goals in the second period. Against the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday, that didn't change as the Flyers scored three goals in just 12 shots en route to a 5-1 win.
Marc-Andre Bourdon, Wayne Simmonds and Maxime Talbot scored in the second period and turned a close game into a blowout. The Flyers joined the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Rangers in scoring three or more goals in the second period against the Caps in less than 20 shots.
"We dug ourselves a hole and we couldn't get out of it," Troy Brouwer said. "They're a good hockey team. That's why they're first in the conference right now. They worked hard and we got outworked all over tonight."
The Caps themselves have dug a hole in the standings and are out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. If the Stanley Cup contenders actually want to make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Caps need to play a full 60-minute game.