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Chimera gets OT winner in Caps' 4-3 win over Jets

Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin (8) hits Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in Washington. Washington Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin (8) hits Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
November 23, 2011
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WASHINGTON—Jason Chimera scored his second goal of the game, at 1:52 of overtime, to give the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.

Chimera took a pass from Dennis Wideman and easily re-directed it into the open net. Winnipeg's three-game winning streak came to an end.

Washington has won two in a row.

The Capitals had lost their past four games against Winnipeg, going back to last season when the team was in Atlanta.

The Capitals improved to 4-0 in overtime this season.

Washington got its offense going, coming up with numerous scoring chances and holding a 37-25 edge in shots.

The Capitals took a 3-2 lead when Nicklas Backstrom celebrated his 24th birthday by scoring from in front at 3:08 of the second period.

Washington needed to play some tough defense when Winnipeg had a two-man advantage for 1:20 midway through the second period.

Laich then broke his stick right after the second penalty and couldn't get to the bench, but Washington killed the penalties, drawing a standing ovation.

Winnipeg tied it at 3-3 at 12:36 of the third period when Bryan Little scored on a quick shot from the left circle.

Alexander Semin, a healthy scratch in Monday's game against Phoenix, returned to the lineup and gave Washington an early 1-0 lead.

Alex Ovechkin chased down a puck that John Carlson banked off the boards along the left wing and flipped a quick back-handed pass to Semin, who scored at 5:23 of the first period.

Winnipeg tied it on Andrew Ladd's goal at 13:21 of the period, but Washington answered just 12 seconds later when Chimera re-directed Brooks Laich's pass into the net.

Kyle Wellwood then tied it again by burying a rebound with 3:30 left in the period.

Notes: Joel Ward was a healthy scratch for Washington after he overslept and missed a team meeting on Tuesday morning. ... Dmitry Orlov got his first NHL point by assisting on Backstrom's goal. ... Wellwood has seven points in his past four games. ... Nik Antropov's first-period assist was the 250th of his NHL career.

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