With 2:52 remaining in the second period, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a powerplay goal to put the Caps up 3-0 over the Wild. The Capitals had all the momentum and looked to breeze to their first win in ten days.
On the very next shift, Minnesota head coach Bruce Boudreau put enforcer Ryan White onto the ice and chaos erupted. White finished a legal check on Brooks Orpik in the Wild’s offensive zone. Tom Wilson dropped his gloves and skated after White.