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Posted at 3:12 PM ET, 12/ 5/2010

Jason Chimera gets stitches in mouth after high stick

By Gene Wang

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Left wing Jason Chimera had one heck of a time trying to get the attention of the officials during last night's 3-1 loss to Atlanta, and if anyone on the Capitals had reason to be displeased with missed calls, it was Chimera, who had to have stitches in his mouth to close a gash resulting from a high stick.

Chimera appeared to absorb three high sticks during Washington's second consecutive loss, but officials issued a penalty on just one.

"Obviously, it's frustrating," said Chimera, adding that he was unsure how many stitches were required to close the wound. "Six minutes in the box, with our power play, we could have scored two or three goals."

The Capitals went 0 for 5 on the power play against the Thrashers, who got a masterful performance from goalie Ondrej Pavelec in stopping 45 of 46 shots. It's the second straight game in which Washington was limited to one goal and only the second time this season the team has gone through such a stretch.

Chimera's night was all the more disheartening, considering he had six shots and no goals in addition to the stitches.

"Well obviously it makes a difference," Coach Bruce Boudreau said about the perceived no-calls on Chimera. "But, I mean, if I start talking about that again, then I'm whining about the referees, and I don't want to use that as an excuse."

By Gene Wang  | December 5, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Chimera  
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Too many excuses, not enough real change from this team. At least OV ended his embarassing goal scoring drought. They paying him 10mil per to be a 1-dimensional PASSER now?

Posted by: BigGameSid | December 5, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

ouch, and he probably won't even get any good meds.....that was one, tough showing out there Chimmer, heal quick!

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 5, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Considering the Caps play in such a weak division (at least, in goaltending & defense) and conference, you'd think they would not have so much trouble generating offense on a nightly basis... I hate to bring it up, but imagine if Crosby had linemates anywhere close to what the top Caps players have, heck not just the Caps but any of the top point getters in the league? Is there any reason to even mention OV and the calibre of player that he is in the same breath as Crosby now? At one point they were close and arguably OV was better... shows how much OV's stock has fallen in such a short period of time.

Posted by: BigGameSid | December 5, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"But, I mean, if I start talking about that again, then I'm whining about the referees, and I don't want to use that as an excuse."

thank you BB - i already get to read enough whining here.

hey BGS - howya doin' - i'd be disappointed in you if you showed up and didn't get at least one jab in on ovi.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 5, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"Considering the Caps play in such a weak division (at least, in goaltending & defense) and conference, you'd think they would not have so much trouble generating offense on a nightly basis"

you're not implying that crosby's racking up points because of a weak conference - are you?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

The CAPS just look, well, bored. Time for a shake up, shake up, shake up....

Posted by: festus75 | December 5, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@Timbo -1

We weren't blaming the loss on the defense. We're upset about BB's treatment of John. He's played his heart out all season

Timbo, you're the soft and big combo doesn't work in the playoffs. I would love to put a clock on how much time Fehr spent in the slot blocking Halak's view when Gill was on the ice. Fehr and Gill needed to be in the same "elbowing war"
Hartnell got into with Gill. Boy, it sure didn't Hartnell long to bust the "Halak majic" into 50 pieces.

Big and soft makes for early exits. Trade Schultz, Fehr, and Stecks. All 3 will evaporate in the playoffs. But then GMGM would have to admit that he didn't realize these three guys were big wimps when he brought them here. (Too busy teaching some silly class at the law school. LL in Jersey probably told him that would look good on his CV when he needs a job as director of scouting for one of the western teams.)

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | December 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking that Chimera shouldn't have "dated" the both of the refs girlfriends last week. Bad call on his side.

Posted by: chriscaps | December 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse


It's not that the players are bored, it's that they've become comfortable and complacent under a coach who publicly displays his favoritism. When the coach decides not to reward hard-work, determination, and perseverence (see Erskine's lame-duck status) and continues to play his underachieving "boys", it breeds a sense of entitlement and that's what we're seeing now. Optional practices? Look at the names of who shows up and who doesn't. There's a caste system in the locker room and it's been cultivated by BB. Talk about a coach doing all he can to undermine the value of heart, drive, and determination to a team. If GMGM doesn't tell BB to stop the ENABLING, that this is the nhl and not pick-up hockey where line-ups are picked on friendships, we'll se more bored, uninspiring efforts from this squad.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 5, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

@Wiley - one

Vermontcaps is right. Atlanta has half the talent we have. They own us because of hustle and good positional goal tending. SOUND FAMILIAR !!! That goal tender is a mid-level NHL goalie, now he's Patrick Roy against the caps. SOUND FAMILIAR !!!

We play sissy hockey. Get in that goalie's

BB is confirming what we're saying in his interview. His remarks are shocking because he is basically criticizing GMGM's player selection.

I don't know how Alan May can contain himself watching all of this "patty cake" hockey.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | December 5, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

As for our lack of goal-scoring woes, perhaps we could take a page out of the Oilers dynasty playbook: why not give DJK a few shifts skating w/Ovi and Backstrom with the sole responsibility of planting himself in front of the net? Gretzky and Kurri seemed to do just fine w/either Semenko or McSorley skating with them. Mix it up indeed.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 5, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse


Crosby doesn't have any problem scoring consistently regardless of conference, division, linemates. OV shouldn't either, since he's playing in the same conference and weaker division, but he is having major problems, for his standard. Maybe it's time to question that standard and lower his stature and reputation compared to someone like Crosby which he has been compared to since the beginning. It's no contest right now, period.

I mean make all the excuses you want for OV, the biggest one seems to be that he's trying to change his game and improve more overall. Okay, great, the problem is elite players like OV, which I'm sure Caps fans have classified him as, their main areas of their game should not suffer from trying to be better overall. Otherwise, they are not the elite, top 3, 4, 5 best players in the world. Mike Modano was a good player, not an elite player. He had to sacrifice offense to be more complete. Since OV is sacrficing/struggling in scoring goals, in favor of playing better D (which is debatable in itself), I would say OV is now a good player, not an elite player anymore.

Posted by: BigGameSid | December 5, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

LittleGayCyd, you clearly have no life. It has been well noted here how you disappear when the Caps play well. You are a pu**y just like your namesake. How pathetic.

Posted by: zmega | December 5, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse


I think they should be playing erskin as well. the guy works his butt off every night. Has Erskin been out the last two losses? Hannan also got beat pretty bad on that one goal.

Posted by: pkme | December 5, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse


Ovechkin has not been producing lately, but so what. He is struggling. But after scoring last game, I wouldnt be surprised to see him score 10 goals his next 10 games. And I dont think having 34 points in 28 games so far should take him out of the same breath of Crosby. Besides Ov's and Crosby's sophomore year, Ovechkin has clearly been better. And you know that its possible for Ovechkin to heat up like Crosby has been playing, and Crosby to struggle(for his standards) like Ovechkin has so far this season, right? 28 games is just not long enough to not consider him an elite player after he has been the best player the last 3 years

Posted by: rockthered90 | December 5, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with people who hail from Pittsburgh? There seems to be a consistent trend of bitterness, inability to engage in rational discussion without exaggerated negativity, ill manners, and a lack of demonstrable education. Maybe the steel mills poisoned the water and the people who drank it or maybe there is something evil in Iron City beer.

Posted by: AADCDERM | December 5, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse


Tell a friend!! lol Ersk got hurt early in the Stars game, missed a few shifts but then gamely came back to finish and log about a dozen minutes. Brought back memories of the Pens series two years ago when he played on a broken foot and was the best dman we had; many on these threads either have forgotten that or weren't fans then. (Based on the many takes on him, I'd say the latter.) He missed last night and the physicality/intensity of the backline was noticeably diminished. Apparently he's good to go tomorrow, but in his lame-duck status as proclaimed by BB it might not make any difference if Poti is healthy.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 5, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse


And the same anti-Erskine posters are now worried about the prospects of us beating Atlanta in the playoffs if we see them....ATLANTA!?! I see just about every Bruins game and once they get Savard back, watch out! (Yet another lineup Dork55 wouldn't be able to crack) Tim Thomas, and not Pavelec or has-been Raycroft, is the definition of a hot goalie. Folks, we're in trouble if Atlanta gives us that much trouble. We have superior talent, and when superior talent combines with superior heart and determination, no system or goalie can stand in the way. Too many excusers and apologists for BB's Calder boys

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 5, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

"And the same anti-Erskine posters are now worried about the prospects of us beating Atlanta in the playoffs if we see them....ATLANTA!?! I see just about every Bruins game and once they get Savard back, watch out! (Yet another lineup Dork55 wouldn't be able to crack)"
Posted by: vermontcaps | December 5, 2010 7:56 PM

i'm beginning to think your man-crush on erskine is affecting your reading comprehension.
i'm not reading the same anti-erksine posts you are. i've read praise for what erskine brings to the team. just because he is thought of as the caps #6/7 dman does not make posters anti-erskine. it just means they are not the pro-erskine posters you want them to be. it's ok for people to have differing opinions - when their view does match yours - it doesn't make them wrong.
if there is any poster that is posting "anti" anything - it is you. you've refused to refer to schultz as anything other than dork, dork55 etc.
you've made valid points - but i'm having trouble remembering anything you've posted that covers anything other than the erskine/schultz topic.
posters here are not anti-erskine - they are pro caps - much like you are - with their own opinions

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 5, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse


My man-crush isn't w/Erskine, it's with dmen who play games in the style of Stevens,Tinordi,Witt,Daneyko, O'Donnell etc, ya know?? Believe me, I wish the team had others of his ilk so I could spread the love around and not seem so fixated on one person, but Erskine's all we have in that regard.

As for difference of opionions, that's all well and good until it becomes like watching a train-wreck in slow motion. As for Dork55, I will continue to refer to him as that until for once in his career he sticks up for a teammate, and it doesn't have to be a fight either. (It will get old, but it will also serve as a reminder that when it comes to him, there's no sticking up for teammates.) Watching him stand idly by why Majo writhed in pain and his captain was embroiled in the biggest scrum of the game w/two Dallas players accustomed to throwing 'em, in my book was UNACCEPTABLE and was my last straw with him. Leonsis should call both BB and #55 into his suite and tell them he expects better protection for his $100 million investment and the face of the franchise.

I'm not here to offend anyone, Capt, and ignore my posts if you please...I am here to talk Caps hockey and how to best hoist the cup; some will get it, some won't, and that's why were here

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 5, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse


Well said.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 5, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse


I hope you've read my criticism of coach BB, it's not all about Erskine/Shultz; they're just symptoms of the larger problem. I'll share w/everyone now a letter written to me from David Poile on March 26, 1993. (he was responding to a letter I wrote him, there was no email) It reads :

"Thanks for your letter. I am sorry for the delay in responding to you even though you indicated it was not necessary.

I can appreciate your concern over the lack of apparent toughness on our defensive line. I feel that at this point in the season, our defense is well set. Although they do not have the penalty minutes of some of the defensemen you mentioned, I feel that our defense can match up with any other in the League in all aspects.

Tom, I can assure you that I made every effort and explored every avenue available to me before the trading deadline. A trade was possible but not withoug cutting the heart out of our team.

Thanks for your concern and I am confident we will prove you wrong about the playoffs. Sincerely, DP"

So you see, the more things change the more they stay the same. I've been singing this tune for a long time, long before Erskine or Shultz. And until the Caps ice a team that I think is Cup worthy, I'll choose not to buy what BB is selling and let anyone who wants to read know it.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 5, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Damn, i just said his name twice

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 5, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse


Aren't the Devils and Islanders both in Pitt's division? I think they have the two worst records in the NHL.

Can't wait for you guys to come to town....nothing like a visit from Crosby to wake up Ovi.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | December 5, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The problem is still not the overall defense of The Caps right now. Every goalie is hot. The Caps need a Dale Hunter style player up the middle. Although every Capital is tougher than us including Scultz they still sometimes play gentlemen hockey. That was for you Vermon. The team needs an edge. The last two games were officiated poorly. Lets hope another trade is in the works. The future is now.

Posted by: pkme | December 5, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I bet back in the day vermontcaps hated Langway. He was a "stick in the way" defenseman. I think we can all agree there was nothing hard hitting about Langway.

Langway banged more women than forwards.

Posted by: will111 | December 6, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse


Are you kidding me? Your username alone shows us how biased you are. Why are you on a Caps' discussion board, anyways? And why do you only show up when they lose, only to disappear again when we get on another winning streak?

You can't take Ovechkin out of the 'elite player' category simply because he has not been up to par for merely the first 28 games of ONE SEASON. Ovechkin has, BY FAR, been the better player than Crosby since the two entered the league. Don't believe me? Ask the NHL players, as they seem to agree with me (see Ovechkin's THREE Lester B. Pearson awards).

He has been in a slump. So what? Every player, even the greatest in the world, goes through a slump once in awhile. It would be moronic to think otherwise. My prediction, Ovechkin does Pittsburgh in for yet another hat-trick when you guys come to town for the first time on the 23rd, and that will open the flood gates. That will be the start of Ovi heating up once again. Meanwhile, Crosby goes into a struggle of his own. Because whether you're set on being ignorant or not, EVERYONE goes through slumps.

Posted by: JB-RockTheRed | December 6, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

So when Ovi was lighting it up and running away with the scoring titles, MVPs and Richard trophies, all you heard from other teams was, well that great but it's the post season that counts.

Now that Ovi isn't lighing up the lamp (but still third in points w/ his team tied for 1st overall in the league) and certain other players are scoring goals, its hey whats wrong with Ovi and look how well our guy is doing.

The playoffs are what matter. Thats what this team is focused on. Nobody cares about the regular season stats other than to get prepped for the post season.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 6, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

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