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When the home team went up 3-0, they serenaded him with even greater gusto. But then the Capitals launched their rally, and for a few stunned minutes, Boudreau was right: It wasn’t “that loud in there.”

And then, in a blink, it was over. Chimera, flying down the right wing, saw his shot blocked by defenseman Bryan McCabe, but followed the puck to the net. Somehow, McCabe, winger Marion Gaborik and Lundqvist failed to corral it, and Jason knocked it across the goal line.

Before each overtime period, Chimera said, he told himself: “Just make a difference.” That was his mantra. “Be the guy that wins it for your team.” And in the end, he was.

“There’s no better feeling,” he said.

No? How about finishing off the Rangers in five — and avoiding, for the first time in the Boudreau Era, a Game 7? Wouldn’t that feel pretty good, too?

Undoubtedly. And if the Capitals really are a different club this season, if they really have grown up, they won’t mess around. Let’s face it, the Rangers are there for the taking. Besides, two overtime games — and three overtime periods — is more than enough drama for one series.