TAMPA, Fla. | It wasn’t easy for Jason Chimera to watch tape of Tuesday night’s game.
“It’s always good to see video and see what you did wrong,” Chimera said. “Sometimes it’s tough to see when you’re up there on the video yourself, but you’ve got to kind of check your egos, which is good. You’ve been through your whole career you learn a lot through video and stuff like that.”
The left wing played just 5:43 in the Washington Capitals’ victory at the Florida Panthers because coach Adam Oates said Chimera didn’t have his “A game.” Asked about that comment, the 33-year-old said simple, “Well, we won the game.”
The Caps did indeed win the game, and then at practice Wednesday Chimera was back on the first line alongside Mike Ribeiro and Alex Ovechkin. He’s expected to start there for Thursday night’s game at the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“You’re playing with two guys and you’re going to play against their best lines and we need you to be reliable there,” Oates said. “If you are, great. I love what he brings. That’s really the message.”
Oates said he and his staff showed Chimera some little things to improve on. Playing on the first line entails more “responsibility,” the coach said, because of the competition on the other side.
Chimera has no goals in the Caps’ first 13 games after scoring a career high 20 last season.
“Obviously I want him to get goals, but they will come when you play correct,” Oates said. “His success is doing the little things so the line benefits. That’s for everybody not just him. Hockey is so hard to score now, it takes everybody.”
Chimera is looking forward to the opportunity to bounce back.
“Obviously it’s nice to be back out there, for sure,” he said. “I think it’s important for me to get back out there and have a good game and move on from there.”