One game after misfiring around the net, Jason Chimera finally found the target Friday night.
The winger scored his second career playoff goal at 2 minutes 11 seconds of the second period, capping a dominant shift for the third line and providing the Capitals with all the offense they would need in a 2-0 Game 2 victory over New York.
The play began with Brooks Laich making a one-handed pass from behind the net to Marcus Johansson, who slipped the puck to Chimera in the slot.
Unlike Game 1, the left wing, known more for his speed than his ability to finish, didn’t miss this time. “It was nice to get one,” he said. “It was just kind of a bang-bang play.
“I think I was just trying to be too precise in the first game,” Chimera added, referring to misfiring on at least one prime scoring opportunity Wednesday. “Any time you try to be too precise, you end up missing. Now, we’re just trying to get pucks on net and it worked out well tonight.”
Chimera finished with a game-high five shots, five hits and was named the game’s second star.
“Through history, there have been guys who have raised their level of play at playoff time,” Boudreau said. “He’s had two really good games. When [Chimera’s line] gets a goal, it lifts the team.”
--More to come soon in Katie’s postgame recap.