PHILADELPHIA -- Thanks to a hard-fought and well-executed 5-2 victory over the Flyers, Capitals right wing Justin Williams could joke about keeping Alex Ovechkin out of the Russian history books for the second time in less than a week.
“I think I’m up for the Selke,” Williams joked in a pretty happy visiting dressing room. “I’m shutting Ovi down pretty good right now. I want him to get it at home anyway, that’s the reason.”
On a night Ovechkin had his record breaking goal overturned because of Williams being offsides, the Capitals found offense from other sources. Jason Chimera, promoted to the power play to provide a better net presence, scored a pair of power-play goals and assisted on a goal by Williams, and T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom also found the back of the net as the Capitals improved to 11-4-0 this season.
“I thought our net presence was much better,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “We weren’t playing that soft perimeter game. We were getting into the inside and winning battles. When you start winning more battles you take over the game.”
The Capitals did just that thanks to Chimera, who drove to the net to swipe a rainbow pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov to tie the score at 2-2 midway through the second period, then made it 4-2 with a power-play deflection of defenseman Matt Niskanen’s short from the point.
“I’m not a guy that gets too much power play time,” said Chimera, who came into the game with just 10 power-play goals in his entire career. “It’s nice to get rewarded for it. Kuzy made a nice play and Nisky made a nice play. I thought we did a better job of getting to the net. Even Oshie’s goal, he’s at the net.”
With the Capas leading 4-2 late in the second period, Chimera carried the puck over the blue line and gave the puck to defenseman John Carlson, who fed Ovechkin for a one-timer that blew past the catching glove of Steve Mason. Ovechkin celebrated by raising his index finger into the air but the Flyers challenged the call on the ice, saying they thought Williams was offsides.
Replays showed they were right.
“Great call by them,” Ovechkin said. “Nothing you can do. It sucks again. (Williams) owes me dinner and a lot of stuff.”
Trotz said that when the goal was disallowed, he leaned over and told Ovechkin maybe fate had better plans and that he was meant to break the record at home, where the Caps face the Calgary Flames Friday night.
“Tomorrow’s another game,” Ovechkin said. “My family’s going to be there. My brother, my fiancé, her parents. It’ll be nice to score in front of our fans.”
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