(Kathy Willens/AP)

When I saw the replay, I particularly enjoyed how Chimera eluded his teammates after the goal and sped his way solo to center ice for the one-knee fist-pumped celebration. Very soccer-like, sprinting away from teammates as they deliriously give chase.

“Took a quick shot, and then the puck laid there,” Chimera told CSN’s Russ Thaler. “I was gonna go for the puck, and then one of the defenders kind of chipped it. It hit my chest and kind of laid right there. Just banged ‘er home. It seemed like forever when it went from my chest to my stick, seemed like it was like 25 seconds. Couldn’t tell you what happened after that.”

“It’s up there in your life,” he told reporters. "I think, I don’t know, it’s next to maybe getting married and having kids, I think it’s the best thing that ever happened [to me]. I should say besides getting married. Kids are No. 1, but this is pretty up there. It’s awesome. There’s no better feeling in the world.”

Thanks to the Capitals Radio Network for this audio.