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Jason Chimera didn't feel like fighting

I've yet to see any quotes from Jason Chimera about the tomfoolery which marked the end of the second period on Monday night, but the Caps winger was certainly on his best behavior. At least twice in the second period, as their chances dwindled, the Canadiens attempted to bait Chimera into action, once with Maxim Lapierre literally shaking his glove halfway off in preparation for some fisticuffs, and another time with some post-whistle cross-checking by Brian Gionta. Like, a lot of cross-checking.

Chimera skated away from the first incident, and eventually did the same from the second, while waving his hand in disgust. Gionta got two minutes in the penalty box for his troubles. And Chimera earned some post-game praise, both from the CSN crew and from Bruce Boudreau.

"They talked about It themselves," Boudreau said of his players, when asked about keeping their cool. "They were the ones talking on the bench about don't get involved in any of this stuff, we don't need it, it's not doing us any good. And I think Chimera did a great job when Lapierre, after it was 3-0, was challenging him, and he didn't get involved....And then there was a 10-minute misconduct and then a double minor, and even though we didn't score, it sure sapped a lot of emotion out of the crowd and them."

Bear in mind, Scott Gomez's Game 2 response to a similar brand of chippiness was to get in a fight with his team nursing a lead, further bringing the crowd to life. Chimera chose to let it alone. He chose wisely.

(Actual photos by Toni L. Sandys - TWP and Richard Wolowicz - Getty)

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 20, 2010; 12:39 AM ET
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Love that Backstrom smirk. The smirk of a shark who knows its prey is effed but it's still squirming anyways.

Posted by: ThisGuy | April 20, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

The Habs are a desperate team now . We will head back to DC with a 3-1 and seal our deal on home ice giving us time to barbaque before round two. I can see how dirty the Habs are after the butt whipping they took Saturday night . They say its no big deal well I say it is and you will see the same style of play from the frenchies as if the Germens where back in town , we all know why the planted those trees right !

Posted by: terryreece | April 20, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm so proud of these guys ignoring all the nonsense and just playing their game. They take enough dumb penalties, they don't need any majors to derail their momentum. Kind of funny though, the Habs tried their darndest to get some fights going to spark their team and the Caps just totally ignored them. Almost as entertaining as an actual fight!

Posted by: AmyS1 | April 20, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

It was like watching a Disney movie where the bully is trying to pick a fight and the whole school rallies around not fighting and shames the bully into crying and running home.

Posted by: Section104 | April 20, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

In the replay, Chimera looked to be like one of the various women being bounced back and forth by the Butabi brothers from those old SNL sketches. Shouldn't "What is love?" be playing in the background?

Posted by: geauxcaps | April 20, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"Cammalleri! My friend!" :)

Posted by: dcunitedfan3 | April 20, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Flash in that middle frame, it looks like. He is almost right there - I think he (and Semin) break out very soon.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | April 20, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I can't tell if Slick is so happy because of the score or because it's like being attacked by an 8th grader.

Posted by: Kdarienzo | April 20, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

I've criticized the Caps lack of toughness in the past, but what Chimera did is just plain smart hockey.

Posted by: poguesmahone | April 20, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Gionta's what, 5 foot 2 (wearing skates) and 100 lbs soaking wet? He's lucky Chimera didn't take offense, because he would've been flattened...

Posted by: jhorstma | April 20, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Caps are wimps. Once the Fly Boys get done with the Devils....your next! Gonna smoke ya like last time!

Posted by: jpstuhr | April 20, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Caps are wimps. Once the Fly Boys get done with the Devils....your next! Gonna smoke ya like last time!

Posted by: jpstuhr | April 20, 2010 1:31 PM

Retard, I mean jpstuhr. The caps beat the flyers 3 times this year (including a 8-2 embarrassment in your own building) and lost in OT in the other. I assume you're refering to 2008 when the caps barely made it in on the last day of the season and still took your sad excuse for a team to 7 games.

I can only pray the Caps play the Flyers so someone can put that cheapshot artist fairy Briere through the glass where he belongs. Maybe you can practice throwing up on unsuspecting children in the mean time.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 20, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

You mean "you're next" jpstuhr? I'd hardly call losing a 7 game series being smoked...

Posted by: rlusby49 | April 20, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"Once the Fly Boys get done with the Devils....your next!"

My next what?

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 20, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Maybe after your boys lose in the next round the DC faithful will fill up some of those Blue seats in Nats Stadium .

Posted by: jpstuhr | April 20, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@ jpstuhr: Worry about your team first. Shouldn't be a problem taking your team on. Btw, love that Sidney Crosby picture you got on your walls from his GQ photo shoot. Very manly of you. =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 20, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

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