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Video: Jason Chimera’s questionable hit on Adam McQuaid

Mar 29, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

Washington Capitals winger Jason Chimera was booted from a big game against the Boston Bruins for a questionable hit on Adam McQuaid, which you can survey below:

While Chimera got a game misconduct for his bad deeds and the Bruins received a five-minute major power play opportunity, but no goals resulted in the interchange. Boston couldn’t score on that lengthy man advantage, however, and Washington went on to win a wild 3-2 shootout, securing a crucial two points.

That being said, the obvious question is whether or not Chimera should be available for the Capitals next game (and perhaps beyond). He certainly took plenty of strides before the hit, but the suspension-worthiness is up to debate.

So debate away, then. Was a five-minute major punishment enough? If a suspension is in order, how long should it be? Let us know.

  1. paperlions - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Just looked like another example of a player putting himself in a bad position. McQuaid took his time playing the puck, put his head down, and put himself in a horrible position. Chimera slowed down before hitting the guy, didn’t go up high, or throw an elbow….what was he supposed to do….come to a stop and wait politely for McQuaid to decide how he’d like to play the puck? I think Chimera has already been punished more than he should have been.

  2. stakex - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    This shouldn’t even have been a 5 minute major. This is yet another case of a player about to be hit putting themselves in a dangerous position. Its pretty clear Chimera was coming in on an angle to rub McQuaid out (a perfectly legal play), when McQuaid made a suddent turn away from the hit. At the speed Chimera was going there was simply no chance for him to stop, and despite trying was unable to avoid contact. I know Boston fans will say Chimera was going to fast, but its a fast sport and there is nothing illegal about skating fast…

    The announcers definatly made this sound a lot worse then it was, and McQuaid’s turn is what made this a bad hit. I don’t see anything coming from this, and there shouldn’t be.

    • odj810 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:46 PM

      quaids is probably my favorite player but there was nothing wrong with this hit. chimera was coming in really hard on the forecheck and mcquaid turned at the last second ending in a bad result. I get why the ref called in the way he did because going that fast it looked bad but defanetly no discipline or fine. Hope he’s good to go for playoffs.

    • themohel - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM

      I agree – two minutes for charging, no intent to injure

    • terriers4 - Mar 30, 2012 at 5:38 AM

      i completely agree with you and i am a bruins fan. Mcquaid should of had his head up and made a smarter decesion then turning his back to an incoming forchecker. Not suspension worthy but who knows what the call will anymore. However the ref had to give the major penalty because it did look bad at first view of it.

    • banshee950 - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:22 AM

      I totally agree with you on all counts….however..I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a couple games. the league keeps talking about “trying to change the culture” around hitting at the end boards, but they have no clear message or plan for doing so. so far its been so inconsistant that we can’t know what to expect.
      I look at this inccident like the Ference play on McDonough, it look worse then it was, clearly no intent to injure and the recieving player contributed to the outcome. I thought Andy would just get the fine, not so. we’ll have to wait and see.
      as for the annoucers, Jack Edwards is a tool, it kills me to have to see Dale arnold in studio, not back pbp. Brick does a good job, yeah he’s a bit of a homer but no too bad and thats waht you want anyway right?

  3. crosberries - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    He could of ran through him but he started to stop puck carrier was careless

  4. ravenscaps48 - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Jack Edwards is too much of a homer

  5. dcfan4life - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    I agree with everything you guys said, but i bet you he gets suspended. Just because this league can’t tell the difference between accident and intent. A guy intentionally throws an elbow, 5 games, a guy as fast as Chimera can stop in time, and watch, he will get 2 games.

    • dcfan4life - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:35 AM

      “cant”, i meant he cant stop in time.

  6. subliminalnoize - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    Lets face it Chimera is one of the fastest in the league, he tried to stop and McQuaid turned his back at the last second. This was something I was told growing up and most anyone else who ever played the game,Keep Your Head Up. The puck handler failed to do so with a semi truck bearing down on him. But seeing the was Shanny has been this year its probably gonna be a suspension, hope Backs is back Saturday to fill the roster spot. Maybe he can do better then Green in his return in four games.

  7. bergeronforselke - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:37 AM

    Agreed, Chimera could not have stopped from finishing his check after McQuaid turned at the last second. I don’t have a problem with the penalty but the major and GM was a bit much.

    No suspension is my guess.

  8. jond86 - Mar 30, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    I am a Bruins and and I hope Mcquaid is okay but I do not think this warrants a suspension. Quaider put himself in a bad position, 5 min major and a misconduct is more than enough for what happened.

  9. homelanddefense - Mar 30, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Funny, for all the crap us Bruins fans take on this board about being homers it looks like we all agree that he doesnt deserve to get suspended and that the hit wasnt that bad.

  10. yearsbehindhockey - Mar 30, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    glad to read a bunch of intelligent and non-biased comments about this. tough break for chimera, dumb decision by mcquaid.

  11. govtminion - Mar 30, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I’d back the major penalty, but no suspension. By removing Chimera from the game, the Bruins weren’t going to be after him the rest of the night for retaliation, which helps calm things down. Did he intend to injure McQuaid? No, it was unfortunate that McQuaid turned the way he did at the last moment. He DID charge him, no question, but it wasn’t going to be as bad as it looked. But by giving the misconduct penalty, the game stayed in control. Good call by the referee last night, and hopefully a ‘non-issue’ call by Shanahan today to match that.

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