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Jason Chimera proud of hometown's response to Alberta wildfires

Jason Chimera proud of hometown's response to Alberta wildfires

Capitals left wing Jason Chimera is fiercely proud of his Canadian heritage and his hometown of Edmonton, which has become a haven for evacuees displaced by the wildfires that have ravaged more than 600 square miles of Alberta’s oil region in the past week.

“My wife’s mother is working overtime helping people out, supplying people with what they need at (Rexall Place),” Chimera said. 

“Canada is pretty tight-knit and Alberta’s even tighter. I take a lot of pride being from Alberta and Edmonton is doing a pretty good job of helping evacuees and taking them in. I know Rexall Place has 3,000 or 4,000 people there.”

The fire, which began in oil-rich Fort McMurray, is expected to be the most expensive natural disaster in Canadian history. The region produces about a quarter of Canada’s oil and workers from major oil companies have been evacuated to nearby cities like Edmonton, which is a four-hour drive south of the wildfires.

“When you look at the pictures of the devastation and how it affects all those people out there, hockey seems meaningless in the grand scheme of things,” Chimera said. 

“The whole oil production has kind of slowed down to a halt up there because so many people have been evacuated. I don’t know anyone personally that’s been affected but I’ve heard stories of neighbors and friends taking people in.”

The Edmonton Oilers, Calagary Flames and Winnipeg Jets each have donated $100,000 to relief efforts and the St. Louis Blues raised more than $25,000 from a 50/50 raffle last week during Game 4 of their playoff series against the Dallas Stars. (Blues forward Scottie Upshall was born in Fort McMurray and head coach Ken Hitchcock is from Edmonton). 

The fires have damaged roughly 20 percent of the homes in Fort McMurray, but no deaths or injuries have been reported, although two people died in traffic accidents during the mass evacuation.

“You can replace things and houses can be rebuilt, and neighborhoods can be rebuilt, which is a good thing,” Chimera said. “A lot of people will help each other out in that aspect, but you want to keep people safe and keep them from harm and the firefighters have done a good job of that.”

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3 stars of the game: Caps knockout the punchless Sabres


3 stars of the game: Caps knockout the punchless Sabres

Coming off an ugly 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, a Buffalo Sabres team missing star Jack Eichel was just what the doctor ordered for the Caps to get back on track. Washington dominated the first two periods and then survived a late surge from Buffalo for the 3-2 win.

After battling to a scoreless first, Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson spotted Washington a 2-0 lead in the second. They then held on in the third period as Buffalo began to tilt the ice in their favor, with Evgeny Kuznetsov scoring the empty-netter to put this game out of reach. Evander Kane would pull Buffalo within one, but with only three seconds left it was too little, too late.

Here are the three stars of the game:

1. Alex Ovechkin: Ovechkin opened up the scoring in the second period as he deflected down an innocent shot from Christian Djoos past Chad Johnson. Ovechkin also set a physical tone as he battled with defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen all game long. After taking a high elbow from Ristolainen early in the game Ovechkin skated up to Ristolainen prior to the faceoff on his next shift and let him know that it was on. 

2. John Carlson: Carlson had a hand in both of Washington's goals on Monday. He recorded a secondary assist on Ovechkin's goal as he made a blue line pass to Djoos which Djoos fired on net and Ovechkin deflected. Carlson then managed to hit the puck past the goal line in a scrum next to Johnson. It looked initially like Kyle Okposo had managed to kick out the puck just before it crossed, but Carlson was awarded the goal as a review showed the puck had completely crossed the line.

3. Philipp Grubauer: A Sabres team that ranks last in the NHL in scoring and that was also without its leading scorer did not test Grubauer much in the first two periods. Facing a 2-0 deficit, however, Buffalo made a third period push to try to tie the game, but Grubauer was up to the task as he turned aside 15 of the 17 shots he faced in the final 20 minutes. He finished with 32 total saves on the night.

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Carlson gets a goal, Kuznetsov simultaneously gets a penalty in bizarre sequence in Buffalo

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Carlson gets a goal, Kuznetsov simultaneously gets a penalty in bizarre sequence in Buffalo

If you take a look at the box score for Monday's game between the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres, you will see a bizarre stat line at 13:33 in the second period.

At that time, John Carlson scored a goal to put Washington up 2-0. At the exact same time, however, Evgeny Kuznetsov was also assessed a penalty for tripping Evan Rodrigues.

A Kuznetsov shot from the blue line hit off the boards and bounced back out to the right of goalie Chad Johnson, sparking a scrum next to the net. Carlson got his stick on the puck for a shot that got past Johnson, but Kyle Okposo kicked the puck off the goal line and out for an incredible save. On the resulting breakout, Kuznetsov was caught tripping Rodrigues and the play was blown dead when the puck was touched up by the Caps.

The Situation Room then initiated a review on Carlson's shot and he was ultimately awarded a goal. Here's a look at the image the NHL sent out after the review:

When a goal is rewarded on review after play is allowed to continue, the clock reverts back to the time the goal was scored, meaning the roughly 14 seconds that happened after Carlson's goal never happened.

Yet, when the goal was assessed, Kuznetsov was still assessed a tripping penalty. Barry Trotz was clearly incredulous with the referee's decision, but ultimately it was the right call.

Rule 78.6 of the NHL rulebook states, "Any penalties signaled during the period of time between the apparent goal and the next stoppage of play shall be assessed in the normal manner."

Had Buffalo scored a goal after Carlson's goal, it would have been called back. Penalties, however, are to be called as normal despite the fact that the extra time after goal technically never happened.

Thus, at 13:33, Carlson was awarded the Caps' second goal while Kuznetsov was given a penalty.