The Washington Capitals shook up their roster yesterday, acquiring left wing Jason Chimera from the Blue Jackets in a trade that sends Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to Columbus.

The deal cuts about $2 million in salary this season from Washington's payroll, which could clear room for another trade.

Chimera has eight goals and nine assists this season, along with 47 penalty minutes, more than anyone on Washington's roster. The deal moves him from the last-place Blue Jackets - a team on a franchise-record-tying nine-game losing streak - to the first-place Capitals.

"We needed a guy that was a little more physical and plays with an edge," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He can be a really good energy guy."

Clark was in his fifth year with the Capitals, his fourth as the team's captain. He has four goals and 11 assists this season, but his playing time has diminished over the years.

Noteworthy

* The Los Angeles Kings placed right wing Justin Williams (broken leg) on injured reserve. He could be out for 3 months, coach Terry Murray said.

* New York Rangers forward Vinny Prospal is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery that will keep him out at least 10 days.

In games last night:

* At Ottawa, Pascal Leclaire has 29 saves and Chris Neil scored the Senators' third unanswered goal 6:15 into the third period in a 4-2 win over Montreal.

* At Tampa, Mike Smith had 30 saves and Kurtis Foster had two assists to help the Lightning beat Boston, 2-1.

* At Washington, Eric Staal had two goals and three assists to help Carolina beat the Caps, 6-3.

* At Newark, N.J., Zach Parise ended a scoring slump with a pair of goals, leading the Devils to a 3-2 victory over Atlanta.

* At Columbus, Fredrik Modin backhanded in a rebound 3:12 into overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 win over Detroit.

* At San Jose, Joe Pavelski scored a shorthanded goal and the only goal in the shootout to lift the Sharks over Phoenix, 3-2.

* At Edmonton, Rene Bourque's second career hat trick helped the Calgary Flames end a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Oilers.

* At Los Angeles, Eric Belanger's second goal, with 2:25 left in the third period, lifted Minnesota over the Kings, 4-3.