One of those statements was that the Capitals are again, really good. They throttled the Devils by a score of 7-2 including six unanswered goals in the final two periods.
Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk made a statement of his own in one of his earlier attempts to prove that he is truly worth his historic 10-year contract he signed in the offseason.
In the third period, with the game way out of reach, Kovalchuk dropped the gloves with Capitals defenseman Mike Green.The two squared off in what turned out to be a pretty even fight.
Kovalchuck, known much more his offensive prowess than what he can do with his fists, probably had more than a couple of front office types in New Jersey concerned about their $100 million investment.
The bout was one of five fights in the third, and the first of four throwdowns that all occurred within 10 seconds of each other.