The Edmonton Oilers signed Alex Chiasson to a one-year deal after the checking-line forward made the team out of training camp on a PTO. Chiasson did not receive a contract over the summer despite winning a Stanley Cup championship with the Capitals in June. The fourth-line forward even scored a pivotal goal in Game Six of the second round that helped Washington vanquish their demons and eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Wednesday night, Chiasson continued his Penguins bashing from the season before, scoring two sensational goals in the Oilers eventual 6-5 overtime loss.
The goals marked Chaser’s first tallies with his new team. Tuesday was only the second time Chiasson has played for the Oilers this season.
Chiasson’s first goal came 3:10 into the second period and gave the Oilers an early 2-1 lead. After leveling Daniel Sprong with a wicked counter hit, Chiasson peeled out of the corner and put a shot on net. Chaser’s first attempt was blocked, but he captured his own rebound and shot the puck home as he fell to the ice.
Chiasson’s second goal came 12:05 later in the second period. Chaser executed a beautiful give-and-go with Tobias Rieder, depositing the puck past Matt Murray. The tally tied the game up 3-3.
The two-goal evening was Chiasson’s first since a December 16 game against the Boston Bruins. Alex Ovechkin showed his appreciation by trying to knock Chiasson’s helmet over his eyes.
In the end, Chiasson’s heroics were not enough. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored twice, including a highlight-reel overtime goal, to give Pittsburgh a 6-5 win.
The Capitals will play the Oilers on Thursday night. Chiasson will likely be presented with his championship ring.
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