Chimera leads Caps over Jets
Jason Chimera scored two goals including the overtime winner on Wednesday night as the Washington Capitals edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 at the Verizon Center.
Washington opened the scoring 5:23 into the 1st period as Alex Semin took a pass from a streaking Alexander Ovechkin and beat an out of position Ondrej Pavelec.
The Jets tied the game just past the 13-minute mark when Kyle Wellwood made a nifty pass in the neutral zone to Nick Antropov, who dished it to captain Andrew Ladd who put home his 7th of the season to tie the game at 1.
Twelve seconds later, Jason Chimera scored his 7th of the season on a pass from Brooks Laich at the half boards and once again, Washington took the lead.
The scoring wasn't finished in the 1st however, as Winnipeg fired back with Kyle Wellwood also netting his 7th of the season on a rebound that Tomas Voukun couldn't control, and the Jets took the tie into the 2nd period.
Before 5 minutes were gone in the 2nd, Nicklas Backstrom had a few whacks at a loose puck in front of the Jets goal and put home his 7th of the year, giving the lead back to Washington.
Penalty trouble struck again for the Jets in the 2nd and the NHL's leading team in short-handed situations notched their 101st time being down a man, and continued the downswing by adding yet another 2-man short-handed disadvantage.
Winnipeg stood strong, however, going 3 for 3 in the 2nd period on the penalty kill.
Washington continued a strong defensive game in the 3rd until Mark Flood initiated a break-out for Winnipeg which resulted in Blake Wheeler feeding Bryan Little who used his 5th goal of the season to tie the game at 3.
Overtime wouldn't last long as Jason Chimera, who was left alone at the side of the net on a mis-play by Dustin Byfuglien, scored his 2nd of the night and 8th overall to put the game away and score the win for the Capitals.
Game Story: Dustin Byfuglien was tasked, yet again, with covering a struggling Alexander Ovechkin. Early on Byfuglien's play resulted in the opening goal which was assisted on by a streaking Ovechkin who read a Byfuglien pinch early in the 1st. As the game went on, 'Big Buff' toned down on the offensive play and managed to shut down Ovechkin.
The Jets will be in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday night as they take on the Carolina Hurricanes. Twenty-four hours later, Winnipeg will be in Boston to take on the defending Stanley Cup Champions.