Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera was determined to fight Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mike Weber early in the third period and he wasn’t going to let the fact that his jersey was over his head stop him.
Chimera managed to do pretty well despite the handicap, as you can see below:
That was Chimera’s third fight of the season with them all occurring over his last seven games, per hockeyfights.com.
Washington earned a 6-1 victory, giving Buffalo its fourth straight loss. The Sabres and Capitals will play again on March 16.
Michael Hutchinson gets the nod in Nashville
Michael Hutchinson will look to right the ship tonight in Nashville. The Jets’ goaltender allowed three goals on 17 shots in a loss to the Senators on Wednesday. Hutchinson has lost three of his last five games while posting a 2.57 GAA and .906 save percentage. The Jets have not won in Nashville this season and will look to avoid a third straight loss to the Preds.
Pekka Rinne, who has lost four in a row, gets the nod for Nashville.
Blues at Leafs: Brian Elliott vs. Jonathan Bernier
Stars at Lightning: Jhonas Enroth vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy
Islanders at Panthers: Michal Neuvirth vs. Dan Ellis
Sabres at Capitals: Anders Lindback (unconfirmed) vs. Braden Holtby
Avalanche at Blue Jackets: Semyon Varlamov vs. Curtis McElhinney
Canadiens at Coyotes: Carey Price vs. Mike Smith
Penguins at Kings: Marc-Andre Fleury (unconfirmed) vs. Jonathan Quick (unconfirmed).
Canucks at Sharks: Eddie Lack vs. Antti Niemi
Alex Ovechkin will be a game-time decision tonight when the Washington Capitals play host to the Buffalo Sabres.
Ovechkin missed Caps’ 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night due to a lower body injury.
It was the first game the Washington captain has missed this season.
As for tonight?
“We’ll see,” Ovechkin told The Washington Post. “I’m probably going to take a warmup and we’ll see how it goes.”
The 29-year-old, who leads the league in both goals (43) and points (67), suffered the injury on Tuesday night in Columbus.
Ovechkin skated briefly Friday, but left the team’s practice early.
“It was a pain, probably if it was a playoff game, I would be in,” he said. “Right now, you don’t want to push when you don’t feel healthy enough. Right now I feel much better so I’m going to try.
“I still was a little bit soreness, but I think you can ask everybody in the locker room right now, somebody have soreness in everybody.”
According to the Post, if Ovechkin can’t go, rookie forward Andre Burakovsky will start his second straight game.
Washington lost its only other meeting with the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Nov. 22.
Following tonight’s game, Washington has three days off prior to playing host to the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
Goaltender Chad Johnson didn’t even get into a game for the Buffalo Sabres yet his season could be over.
The 28-year-old, who was acquired by the Sabres from the New York Islanders on Monday, suffered a lower body injury during the team’s morning skate on Friday and did not dress against the Ottawa Senators.
“Chad, unfortunately, hurt something lower body and he’ll be out for a while,” coach Ted Nolan said per The Buffalo News. “Not day-to-day, it’ll be for a while.”
The Sabres recalled Andrey Makarov and the 21-year-old backed-up Anders Lindback in the 3-2 loss to the Sens.
With 17 games left in the season, could Johnson’s injury be season-ending?
“It possibly could be,” Nolan said. “We’ll get our doctors to look at him, and we’ll see what happens.”
Johnson was 8-8-1 with a 3.08 G.A.A. and an .889 save percentage in 19 games with the Islanders prior to the trade.
Toronto forward Richard Panik has become the seventh player to be fined for diving this season, the NHL announced on Thursday:
Panik was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 824 at Montreal on Feb. 14. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 936 at Washington on Mar. 1.
Capitals defenseman Mike Green received a minor penalty for holding on the play, at 10:57 of the second period.
Here’s video of the incident against the Caps:
With that, Panik joins Islanders goalie Michal Neuvirth (fine occurred while with Buffalo), Montreal’s P.K. Subban, the Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck, Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist, Florida’s Vincent Trocheck and Nashville’s James Neal as the seven players to be publicly outed as divers, under new rules put forth by the league this season.