Second period thoughts

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Philadelphia leads 1-0 through two periods here at Wachovia Center. Former Caps grinder Glen Metropolit took a pass from Joffrey Lupul and put it five-hole on Brent Johnson. The play started when Alexander Semin tried to chip the puck past Lupul along the right borads, but he knocked it down and started a 3-on-2 from the circles in. It was the second time

*There were two fights: Riley Cote and Grant McNeil squared off early in the period, and then Jay Beagle dropped the gloves with the infamous Steve Downie. Cote took home a decision, but Beagle did well for himself against Downie, even slamming him to the ice at the end. Downie needed to be helped off the ice — it looked his leg got tangled up in the fall, but he also hit the back of his head hard on the ice.

*Three more power plays, and more futility. Sergei Fedorov has had a couple of passes picked off along the blue line. There were a couple of shots put toward the net, but no great chances and no rebounds.

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