Even when the Capitals lose, or even get trounced, they manage to bring a smile to their fans’ faces. On Sunday, during Washington’s 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, forward Jason Chimera scored a most unusual goal — one that bounced off his head and right into the net.
Showing great wheels at age 36 (he’ll turn 37 in May), Chimera beat Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley to a loose puck that was bouncing down the ice toward the Pittsburgh net. That forced goalie Mar-Andre Fleury to play the puck out of harm’s way, but instead he poked it up in the air, where it had a fortuitous encounter with Chimera’s noggin.
Officials huddled to determine if the play was accidental or not, and after deciding that it was, the goal counted. Here is more of the sequence:
Jason Chimera on his header: "Kind of a comedic goal, but you know, you'll take them."
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) March 21, 2016
The play brought to mind the header by Andrew Shaw that briefly gave his Blackhawks a playoff win over the Ducks in double overtime last May, before it was disallowed for being deliberate.
Chicago went on to win that game in the third extra session, while the Caps will have to look back on Chimera’s goal as one of the few bright spots in a sound drubbing. Washington could have wrapped up the Metropolitan Division and the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference with a win, but those figure to come soon enough, and in the meantime, the team is still providing its share of highlight-reel plays.