Photo: Patrick McDermott
Jason Chimera was the goat against Dallas. On Alex Ovechkin’s special night, the 36-year-old wing turned the puck over right in front of the net. With 8:50 remaining, Jason Spezza scored giving the Dallas Stars a 3-2 win.
After the game, Chimera didn’t mince words.
“I kind of f—ked up,” Chimera said before trailing off. “It was a nice night. I f—ked up so: My bad.”
“I thought I didn’t do the right play,” he continued. “[Spezza] batted it out of mid air. I should have made a harder play.”
Saturday, Chimera atoned for his mistake. Head coach Barry Trotz gave Chimera minutes on the second power play and had the Ice Cheetah spend much of the night skating alongside Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams. Chimera responded by tallying three assists.
Assist #1 on Justin Williams’ PP Goal
Assist #2 on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s Goal
Assist #3 on Dmitry Orlov’s Magical Goal
“[Those are] the highs and lows of hockey,” Chimera said after the game. “You want to get back on the horse. You want to prove to your teammates [you can] help them out. You owe it to them.”
“[The Stars gaffe] was an unfortunate play. You have to move on from it and have a big game.”
And that he did tonight.