Photo credit: Jason Franson
Back in ye olde days of 1997, the Edmonton Oilers drafted a hometown boy named Jason Chimera with their fifth-round pick. The Medicine Hat Tiger (taken ahead of ya boy Matt Cooke in case you were wondering) was known then, as he is now, for his speed. Tonight, Chimmer visited his old ‘hood and went about creating a great narrative with his second period goal. Or so we thought.
With five minutes left in the middle frame, John Carlson lobbed the puck to the front of the net, deflecting off someone in front. Chimera, playing for a myriad of friends and family, acted like he got the tally and the Rexall Place scorekeepers followed suit. The Chim Dog, though, gave Craig Laughlin the real story. (Chimmer was money in his two appearances on CSN by the way. After the game, he used a naughty word — or said something about a duck — when talking about the Caps cycle game. Don’t you know little kids are watching post game shows at 12:30 in the morning, Jason?)
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“I think Wardo got it,” he told Locker with a laugh during the second intermission, referring to his linemate Joel Ward. “I’m not taking credit for a goal I didn’t get. I think he got it. He said he touched it anyways!”
Seconds later, the game sheet was updated, giving Ward three goals in five games.
But wait! The narrative would not be allowed to die. Just as we were getting ready to nod off to Colbert as soon as the game finished, the third line struck again. Skating in the offensive zone, Mikhail Grabovski made a slick pass to Chimera. Using his speed and skating hard towards to net, Chimmer fired a zinger off the post and in. Four-nil Caps and a homecoming marker for Jason.