Photo credit: Patrick McDermott
With 42 seconds left in the second period, the Capitals tied Game Six up with a bizarre play that resulted in both Brad Marchand getting bloodied and Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara being faked out of his jock. Let’s review, shall we?
As Karl Alzner and John Carlson waited to breakout of the defensive zone, the Capitals forwards recoiled at the blue line and looked for a pass. As Jason Chimera curled, Brad Marchand was caught in no-man’s land and got partially clipped by Chimera’s shoulder. Marchand — known for being the diviest diver ever to dive — then dramatically plummeted to the ice like he was shot by a shotgun from close range.
Chimera smartly continued with the play and kept skating.
As Nicklas Backstrom advanced the puck into the Bruins offensive zone, he cradled the puck on his forehand, as if he were going to shoot, and froze Chara. He then threw the puck on to his backhand and dished to a streaking Chimera, who one-timed the puck home.
It was Chimera’s first goal of this year’s playoffs and the fourth playoff goal of his NHL career.