Blue Jackets Vs. Capitals: Jason Chimera, Caps Sting Blue Jackets In 4-3 Overtime Win

Jason Chimera, who hadn't scored in almost two months, made his fourth goal of 2011 count when he scored the game-winning goal to lift the Caps to a 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Blue Jackets Vs. Capitals: Jason Chimera's Overtime Goal Clinches 4-3 Win Over Blue Jackets

Earlier this week, Jason Chimera found himself scratched and wasn't too pleased. Against his former team Thursday, Chimera made certain that he would keep his spot.

Chimera pounced on a rebound in overtime to score his first goal since February 4 and lift the Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"It went to the net soft," Chimera said. "It kind of went off their defenseman and it kind of ended up right on my tape so it's hard to miss those ones. Those are nice, especially nice against your old team. It was a good night."

The Caps took an early lead when John Carlson put them up 1-0 about two minutes into the game. A furious spurt in the second period saw both teams trade four goals within a 2:17 span, but the Caps held a 3-2 lead heading into the third period. That lead lasted until 14:23, when Scottie Upshall fought off two defenders and ripped a wrist shot past Michal Neuvirth (20 saves) to tie the game at 3-3. As was the theme all night, the Caps took advantage of Steve Mason's shaky goaltending. Brooks Laich fired a shot on net that Mason could not control. Chimera was there to poke it in.

Washington, who is next to last in the NHL with 49 first period goals, isn't used to scoring early goals, but found a way to win.

"Sometimes when we get a lead so early, we kind of settle in instead of keep pushing the pace and that was a classic example of what we did tonight," Carlson said. "It's good we found a way to win. It was a good character win to pull it back after we had so many leads throughout the game. At the end of the day, we were happy but not satisfied."


Blue Jackets Vs. Capitals: Furious Second Period Ends With Caps Leading 3-2

If you blinked, you may have missed four goals.

The Capitals and Blue Jackets traded four goals within 2:17, but as the second period horn sounded, Washington held a 3-2 lead.

The Caps had plenty of chances at the start of the second period, but could not convert. The Blue Jackets made the Caps pay for their missed opportunities when Antoine Vermette took advantage of a Matt Calvert rebound and tied the game at 1-1 at 11:10

Not to be outdone, MIke Knuble tied the game just 1:22 later by putting in a rebound of his own. A broken play in the neutral zone gave the Caps a quick breakout. Alex Ovechkin passed the puck to a trailing Nicklas Backstrom, who shot it on Steve Mason. Once again, Mason could not handle the rebound and Knuble was in the crease to put the puck in the empty net.

Fedor Tyutin answered back 42 seconds later by firing a wrist shot past a screened Michal Neuvirth, but Jason Arnott gave the Caps the lead once again 13 seconds later when he took a pass from Marco Sturm in the slot and beat Mason for his 16th goal of the season.

Michal Neuvirth has made 13 saves and the Caps hold a 27-15 shot advantage.


Blue Jackets Vs. Capitals: Caps Sting Blue Jackets Early, Lead 1-0 After First Period

After a letdown against the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday, the Washington Capitals made sure early on that that wouldn't happen again.

John Carlson's goal less than two minutes into the game has given the Caps a 1-0 lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets after 20 minutes.

Carlson opened the scoring at 1:39 by crashing the net. Carlson fed the puck to Brooks Laich, who then shot it on net. Steve Mason bobbled the puck with his catching glove and left the rebound on the ice for Carlson to poke in for his seventh goal of the season in his 100th career NHL game.

Washington had an opportunity to take control of the game on a power play at 7:18, but Marco Sturm cancelled it out with a penalty of his own 41 seconds later. Jared Boll did his best to get the Blue Jackets into the game by picking a fight with John Erskine, but the two heavyweights fought to a draw.

Shots are 15-4 in favor of Washington.


Blue Jackets Vs. Capitals: Caps Hope To Avoid Getting Stung By Final Western Foe

With five games left in the regular season, the Washington Capitals have yet to play only one team: the Columbus Blue Jackets. While Columbus may be out of playoff contention, Washington would be best advised not to overlook them Thursday at Verizon Center.

The Caps could not weather the storm of the desperate Carolina Hurricanes in a 3-2 shootout loss Tuesday. It was the Hurricanes' first win in six tries against the Caps this season. The game wasn't the only thing the Caps lost; Dennis Wideman left the game with a lower-body injury after losing an edge and colliding with Tuomo Ruutu in the second period. The defenseman is day-to-day and his status for Thursday's game is uncertain.

The Blue Jackets have won their last two visits to Verizon Center and are 4-0-1 against the Southeast Division this season. Meanwhile, the Caps are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the most wins for an Eastern Conference team against the Central Division (four).

Semyon Varlamov lost Tuesday's game after making 24 saves. Yet, he or Michal Neuvirth can start Thursday with a clean slate because neither of them have ever faced Columbus. The Blue Jackets' goaltending duo of Steve Mason and Mathieu Garon are a combined 5-1-1 against Washington in their careers.

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