The Washington Times - October 11, 2011, 12:04PM

Jason Chimera is now on pace for 123 goals this season … no thanks to his wife.

The Capitals forward with the freshly minted contract extension went into Monday night’s game sitting on 99 career NHL goals – something Sarah Chimera was more aware of than Jason.

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“She said ‘You should get your 100th tonight.’ I didn’t even know,” Chimera recalled. “I thought she jinxed me.”

Quite the opposite. At the 4:00 mark of the third period, Chimera crashed the net as Brooks Laich put it in front. With Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson down on the ice, Chimera had just about an empty net and got his 100th.

Jinx? Nah. Maybe he should thank his family.

“It’s nice when you have kids – your 3-year-old son said score a goal for me – so you take it to heart,” Chimera said. “Maybe it’s my good luck charm because you hope they keep saying that.”

No. 100 holds special importance on the ice, too.

“It’s just one of those pucks you keep and look back and down the road you can be pretty proud of. It was nice,” Chimera said. “But any times you get 100 goals, no matter what league you’re in, but especially the National Hockey League, it’s a privilege to play here and it’s great to get that 100th.”

Later on, Chimera scored No. 101 of his NHL career – through a Mike Knuble screen – to tie the score at 5-5 with 2:44 left.

It was a “weird” game all around, Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said, and Chimera – not known as a goal-scorer – getting two added to it. Part of that has to do with him clicking with linemates Laich and Joel Ward and some of it is Chimera being in the right place at the right time.

That’s no insult to Chimera, either.

“It’s a talent to be in the right place at the right time,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I know a lot of people that made a lot of money that were just … in the right place at the right time.”