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Jason Chimera wasn't just the Washington Capitals' overtime hero Wednesday night as he beat the Winnipeg Jets on a perfect backdoor play. With that goal, he became the team's leading goal-scorer.
When center Brooks Laich signed his new six-year deal in June, he just about wrote the Capitals' manifesto for this season. This year, he said "there's got to be a lot more accountability" — no matter a player's star status, salary or tenure in Washington.
It figured to reason that the Capitals could wear down the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks were playing their fifth of a seven games in 13 days road trip, and they rely for the most part on just two lines.
When the "new NHL" came about and there was a league-wide commitment to calling tighter games, the idea was to open the game up for more offense.
Watch Marcus Johansson on the penalty kill, and it's as if he was playing five-on-five. The young center flashes his speed, takes chances and shows he's a dangerous all-around player.
It's no secret that coach Bruce Boudreau likes to juggle his lines. Even newcomers such as Troy Brouwer are well-aware of his reputation to shake things up, early and often.
Fans are keenly aware of the hatred between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Whether it is viewed in the prism of Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby, or Dale Hunter vs. Mario Lemieux, the rivalry is undoubtedly one of the most prominent in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals always win their home opener, don't they? Saturday night's victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3 in overtime, makes it 10 straight for them. So you don't want to draw too many conclusions, make too many sweeping statements, off 60 (or so) minutes at the rink — not when, as Bruce Boudreau reminded everybody, there are still "81 more to go."
It's the dream of owner Ted Leonsis, who said he'd "cry like a baby" if it happened. It's the dream of public address announcer Wes Johnson, who said he wouldn't be able to hear himself if it happened. It's the dream of every kid who wants to play in the NHL.