PHILADELPHIA – Jason Chimera was seeing stars, or he got hit into next week, or his whole family could feel it after a crushing third-period check Tuesday night from Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros.
Afterward, it was a footnote in what eventually turned into a 5-4 shootout win by the Capitals, but during the course of the game it was huge. At the time, the Flyers were pressing to tie the game, and Meszaros laid Chimera out with an open-ice hit near the bench (video below).
Minutes later, Philadelphia tied the score. And while the fierce check didn’t lead directly to Andreas Nodl’s goal, it certainly helped the Flyers seize more of the momentum.
“I want to play hard and play physical every game. I’m trying to do that,” Meszaros said. “It’s one of those hits. The guy was coming at me; I just didn’t hesitate. I took the body on him, and it was a nice hit.”
Even for a physical Flyers team it may have been the best hit of the season. Asked if he was still feeling it afterward, Chimera shook his head.
“No; you know, they don’t hurt. They don’t hurt at all,” he said. “It’s during the game; it’s a good hit.”
Eric Fehr said as late as the morning skate Tuesday that he wasn’t 100 percent sure he’d be in the lineup. By the time he could be seen playing catch in the Wells Fargo Center hallway with Karl Alzner and Jay Beagle, it was pretty obvious that his shoulder was good to go.
Fehr played just 9:26 against the Flyers, skating 11 shifts. But coach Bruce Boudreau seemed to indicate that the winger was being eased in, saying he was “just coming back and sorta just used sparingly tonight.”
He took his final shift with about five minutes to go, so there was no immediate indication that he was forced out of action by aggravating his injury.
He’s a hockey player
Claude Giroux said he got about 15 or 20 stitches as a result of Alexander Semin’s high-stick midway through the first period. Giroux came back fine, scoring the Flyers’ second goal by slamming the puck into a wide-open net.