The Washington Times - November 12, 2011, 12:17AM

NEWARK, N.J. | Teammates were ribbing Jason Chimera for too much home cooking. It didn’t matter that Chimera had scored four goals because they had all come at Verizon Center.

Friday night, he shut them up.


“It’s good to see Chimmer score on the road,” defenseman Dennis Wideman said with a mischievous smile as he looked across the locker room for Chimera.

The speedy forward didn’t just score Friday night, he had the game-winner – short-handed, no less – as the Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 at Prudential Center.

“When you score a short-handed goal in a tight game, that team almost always wins,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It’s pretty amazing the momentum changer that that can be.”

Chimera, better know for his wheels than his hands, scored the kind of highlight reel goal most fans would expect out of Alex Ovechkin. Early in the third period of a tie game, he skated the puck down the right wing, cut through the New Jersey defense and tucked a gorgeous forehand shot past Martin Brodeur.

“It was obviously nice to get that goal, give us a little boost,” Chimera said. “It’s a big bonus if you get one short-handed.”

Ovechkin tied the score at 1-1 in the second on a goal better reserved for, say, Chimera – an odd bounce where the captain happened to be in the right place at the right time. Later it was Marcus Johansson adding some insurance.

“That’s a big part of our game,” Wideman said. “If we want to be successful, we have to get scoring from everybody because everybody’s keying in on Nicky [Backstrom] and [Ovechkin]. Whenever we get scoring from our third and fourth line, that’s great.”