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Bruce Boudreau

Capitals' Chimera a creature of leadership

Over the weekend at the Washington Capitals' practice facility in Arlington, Va., Jason Chimera sprayed water around the dressing room after his group won a scrimmage in a shootout. It was all in jest, as though the players had won the Stanley Cup, but it's the kind of thing that teammates have come to expect from the jovial veteran, who is on pace for a career-best season.

Through the first third of the 2011-12 campaign, Chimera is tied for the team lead in goals (11), second in plus-minus rating (plus-9) and sixth in points (17). The Edmonton, Alberta, native is on pace for 32 goals this season, which would nearly double the career high of 17 that he set back in 2007-08 as a...