The Washington Times - April 21, 2011, 11:20AM

NEW YORK | Jason Chimera has bounced around the Capitals lineup for a while – top line, third line, healthy scratch (for one game). He started Game 4 with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, then got shuffled back down to the third line.

Demotion or not, Chimera made his ice time count. He had one of the Caps’ best scoring chances in the first overtime and then scored the game-winner on what Bruce Boudreau called “sort of a broken play.” Chimera will take it, as poking a loose puck past Henrik Lundqvist in double overtime made the winger one happy guy


“It is up there in your life. I don’t know – it is next to maybe getting married and having kids as the best thing that has happened to me. I should say besides getting married,” he said. “Kids are No. 1, but this is pretty up there. It is awesome. There is no better feeling in the world. When you’re a hockey player you want the game on your stick. It is nice to get that goal.”

After Game 2, Chimera said he didn’t remember ever being the star of a playoff game. That’s because he never was. So on a night the Caps erased a 3-0 deficit to stun the Rangers, Chimera was happy to talk about feeling good.

“Any time you can score an OT winner or a game-winner in the playoffs there is no better feeling,” he said.

The goal itself was a bit of a “broken play,” as Chimera took an innocent shot on net and then …

“I went to get the rebound and someone kind of coming back poked it and it hit my chest,” he said. “It was kind of a lucky break that is sat right there to put it in.”

Watching it from the other side of Madison Square Garden, it happened so quickly – and Rangers fans streamed out of the arena almost as quickly. But for the man who scored the game winner, it was almost like slow motion.

“It felt like forever after it hit my chest and down to my stick,” Chimera said. “It was a good effort by in the third period and what a comeback.”