In each of the Capitals’ past two games there’s been a certain level of snarl between the two clubs. Early on against the Sabres Friday night at Verizon Center things got chippy rather quickly.
Just 27 seconds into the game, Buffalo defenseman Mike Weber hit Jason Chimera from behind and sent the Capitals’ left wing barreling head first into the boards. Chimera wasn’t hurt on the play but he believed Weber should have received a five-minute major for boarding rather than the two that was doled out by referees Chris Lee and Chris Rooney.
“It’s one of those hits that they’re suspending [for], right? From the numbers,” Chimera said. “If I stay down he gets a five-minute penalty. If I pretend that I’m hurt. But I’m not the kind of player that stays down.”
Chimera was asked if, given the NHL’s focus on dangerous hits, the league is becoming a place where hockey is seeing an increase in players acting injured on plays in order to draw the calls.
“It shouldn’t be that way. It should be the act of what happened,” said Chimera, who said the referees said they thought he turned into the boards. “I think he said that he thought I may have turned a little bit when I went into it….They’ve got a tough job they see it from a tough angle too sometimes.”
Chimera fought Weber later on in the first to voice his displeasure with the hit and after the conclusion of the fracas had a few choice words, and a gesture, for Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller who was barking at him.