Jason Chimera might just enter the Justifiable Apology Hall of Fame for this one: ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald reports that he told Brad Marchand he was sorry for hitting him below the belt.
Here’s a description of the scuffle from McDonald:
During a scrum in front of the Bruins’ net early in the third period, Chimera clearly struck Marchand in the groin area with his stick, sending Marchand to the ice in pain. He was attended to by team trainer Don Del Negro.
McDonald reports that Chimera approached Marchand in the hallway, saying “Sorry, man; You know I’m not like that.” Perhaps that’s true or at least smoothed things over, as Marchand wasn’t very happy before Chimera came to apologize.
“He was trying to be sneaky and do a cheap shot,” Marchand said before talking with Chimera. “The ref caught him and that’s all that matters.”
Chimera received a two-minute minor for slashing. It sounds like Marchand will be able to shake off this, um, “lower-body injury.”
Going into Washington’s game against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, the Capitals were 9-0 with defenseman Mike Green in the lineup. After the 5-2 defeat in northern California, the team fell to 9-1 and it may be a while before we get to add to those totals. He only played three shifts and missed the last 10 minutes of the second period—and never appeared in the final frame. For those keeping track at home, the comeback attempt lasted all of 26 shifts in a game and a half.
After the game, Caps head coach Dale Hunter said that Green was removed from the game because he felt tightness in his injured groin. Like teammate Nicklas Backstrom before the game, Green was taken out of the game as a precautionary measure. He’s already missed 29 games with a sprained ankle and his injured groin, so the last thing the Caps want to do is take any extra risks with a player that has already struggled with injuries this year.
There was worry that Green left the game due to an injury he may have sustained when he was drilled with a tough check from Andrew Desjardins in the second, but Hunter explained that Green’s absence in the third period was unrelated to the body check. The good news is that it could just be his previous injury flaring up a little bit.
Of course, the bad news is that his previous injury may be flaring up.