Beagle Rabid as Caps beat Hawks 4-0

Patrick McDermott

Photo: Patrick McDermott

The vibe was weird in Friday’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals. The Caps were playing for nothing but honor, but the Hawks were jockeying for playoff position. You couldn’t tell by the tilt of the ice. The Caps played a sloppy– but productive– game led by the team’s 1C, Jay Bodenheimer Beagle.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 51st  goal of the year on the power play from the remotest bastion of the Ovi Spot. Jay Beagle took two swipes to make it 2-0. Nick Backstrom eliminated the two-goal lead with a no-angle bank shot off Antti Raanta’s buttocks. Beagle struck again before the second period was done because nothing makes sense in an absurd universe upon which all meaning is a deliberate projection.

Nothing in the third. Sorry, Jay.

Caps beat Hawks like a million to nothing.

Here is a picture of some beagles. No reason.

 

beagle nap

  • perfunctory

    perfunctory

    Marcus Johansson absorbed a rogue shot off Nick Backstrom’s stick somewhere in the body area. He did not return to the game. Even if the Caps win out and take some pride from this final week, an injury to Marcus would undercut a lot of those good feelings.

  • Finally comfortable, Jaroslav Halak played his first game in a week. He was perfect, but you just know he’s still gonna leave his new Caps pads and helmet in his stall on teardown day.
  • Mikhail Grabovski scored a hat trick against the Hawks way back in game one, when the world was full of hope and possibility, before cynicism crept in and the specter of doom loomed over us like a veil. Grabo looked just as dangerous tonight on multiple chances tonight, but got absolutely nothing. Bummer. Re-sign this dude.
  • Jay Beagle, with two goals, is way too good for the fourth line. He should be promoted. Dmitry Orlov fed him a tasty pass for his first goal of the night. The third line wingers fed him number two. I rooted like hell for a hat trick goal, but nothin’ doin’. Tonight was Beags’ first multi-goal game of all time ever.
  • Point of order: though we didn’t like Beagle on the top line, we still love the guy himself. He’s a solid freaking grinder, and the Caps are lucky to have him. Please don’t mistake our dislike of his deployment for dislike of the player himself. Dude rules. Needs a new phone though. And better taste in music. And he shoulda buried that chance in the last two minutes. But overall: Like.
  • Adam Oates is definitely loosening up the benches down the stretch— either because of the score or because of his existential crisis. Tom Wilson cracked ten minutes, which is like 5 or 6 shifts more than he got during the season. That matters to me. I guess.
Joe B suit of the night

Joe B suit of the night

So the Caps aren’t phoning in their last few games. I kind of am though. My bust, y’all. I love the team and I love you, but it’s hard to pore over this game like it’s the last couple chapters of A Dance Of Dragons. I guess this thing doesn’t mean that much.

One game to go, and then a whole lot of talking.

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  • Kim Peacock

    Beagle with something that is NOT a beagle… I am confused

  • Alex Hughes

    Thought Orlov was tremendous tonight, Hawks really weren’t playing for anything, they were locked into the 3rd seed in the central.

  • Alex Hughes

    Why couldn’t the Caps play like this earlier in the season. Oh well.

  • Marky Narc

    So, who ya got for pulling a #YogiSvejkovsky against Tampa? Four goals in a meaningless game. I’ve got #Beagle. Please say Beagle.

  • Rob W.

    Careful guys, win against the bolts on sunday and Teddy is going to think we wont need any changes

  • Matt McNeely

    Can’t beat Nashville or Dallas with the season on the line. Get eliminated. Crush the Blues and Hawks. WTF? Does that bother anybody else? Cuz it kinda bothers me a little.

  • Alex Hughes

    It bothers all of us

  • Red

    Beags played like a pack of wild dogs tonight. Kuzya ruined my hattrick by being awesome. Dammit.

  • Lawrence

    That might have been the best the first line has played all season. Ovi and co. looked to be having fun tonight. Too little too late sadly.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett
  • Myan

    Good game by the boys. It seems like they’ve relaxed and are just out there trying to score the most beautiful goals. They actually looked like they were having fun out there which unfortunately cannot be said about 90% of the games this season. What are the chances that they just said “screw this” and decided to play however they wanted?

    PS. anyone else watch it on NBCSN? God I hated those two commentators…very envious of you guys who live in area!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    just wrong

  • Kim Peacock

    Yeah baby

  • Sarah

    Some days you’re the dog, some days you’re the hydrant… here’s to a dog day!

  • Chris Cerullo

    “On why Wilson isn’t playing more “I don’t think another 2 minutes will mean much.” This comment pisses me off.

  • Kaycie

    Can there be an Orioles game shindig? Frederick is farrrr.

  • OVECHKING

    A little difference is Dallas was also fighting for their playoff lives and wanted the win more. Nashville just flat outplayed the caps. Guys looked unprepared. Considering the injuries both the Hawks and Blues have, I don’t find any of the wins that “surprising”.

  • Veloj

    “The Caps were playing for nothing but honor, but the Hawks were jockeying for playoff position. ”

    I think the Avs cemented at least the 2nd spot in the Central Div last night, so the impact on the Hawks’ playoff position was already neutered (weak attempt to throw in a Beagle-ish reference). But I’m sure they’d prefer to be on a better roll going into the second season

  • VeggieTart

    Actually, Raanta only played the third period, during which there were no goals. All the goals were on Crawford.

  • Lawrence

    “PS. anyone else watch it on NBCSN? God I hated those two commentators…very envious of you guys who live in area!”

    So this.

  • JenniferH

    I feel weird with my actual Caps family (ie, my sister and bro-in-law), they just don’t even care that much to watch the games, but I’m still all invested like, and it’s weird. I know the games don’t actually, you know, matter, but I still am enjoying watching our boys get out there and not phone it in.

    Peter, I gotta say your phoning in is still pretty dang good. I mean, you went and found a pic of adorable baby beagles, defended big Beagle and gave us this guffaw-worthy line: Nick Backstrom eliminated the two-goal lead with a no-angle bank shot off Antti Raanta’s buttocks. (Playing off of Locker’s best line of the season–and his sheepish/not-sheepish “Sorry” to Joe B.’s “kinda graphic there, Locker?” afterwards just capped it perfectly.) Thumbs up!

  • JenniferH

    Didn’t air on NBCSN for some reason here, soccer played and NHLcenter didn’t play it, had to find a stream. :( But hey, at least I got to listen to Locker talk about pucks going into net off of Corey Crawford’s butt cheek. Even if the quality of the video was crappy, the audio was perfect.

  • Brent Goldstein

    On the bright side, maybe the Caps will win their last game of the season for the first time in 7 years.

  • OVECHKING

    Huh? Aside from the one comment about “speaking with many (?) coaches around the league, Ovechkin is a coach killer” the hawks broadcast was a lot better than Joe B and Locker. Specifically Locker makes games insufferable for me. I had to get myself NHLgamecenter just because I couldn’t handle the constant lies, spin stories and excuses Locker would come up on a period to period bases for this team’s terrible play on most given nights. If there are big changes, I hope Locker is one of them.

  • Jack Conness

    I live right outside of Chicago and I’m telling you, there is nothing better than Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk calling a game. They are fantastic. I tune in to Blackhawk games just to listen to them.

  • Sarah

    Nail on the head. Plus Lindy Ruff is the MAN. I don’t fault the Caps for all the confusion in those games; they don’t have a Lindy Ruff. Unfortunately there’s only one of him and we’re not idiots like Buffalo to let him get away.

  • Eric Schulz

    Actually, we ARE idiots like Buffalo… Bruce Boudreau? Ring a bell? (Or was that sarcasm?)

  • Eric Schulz

    Well, I think we all realize, we don’t really need any sweeping changes. We need a few, MINOR tweaks. Now, you may say that changing the GM and coach isn’t minor, but we don’t NEED to change them, exactly… it’s just that they don’t seem to understand the minor changes that need to be made, so we need to bring in new guys… a subtle difference, but important, at least in my mind.

  • Eric Schulz

    Joe B and the Locker are the best in any sport; they are knowledgeable, they have fun, they don’t overexplain simple stuff/talk as if they think you are listening on the radio, and they aren’t homers. How dare you?

  • Sarah

    Sorry to be unclear, “we” is currently Dallas. I’m very happy right now. I’m a Stars fan who’s always rooted for the Caps in the east, and as a once and (near) future VA resident I’m also a Caps fan as long as the Stars are not in town.

  • Eric Schulz

    Yeah, they don’t matter, but you’d rather see your team win than see them lose… that seems pretty simple to me. It’s not something that I have to think about or evaluate, it’s just reflexive. Now, of course, if you were jockeying for a great pick, I won’t say you should cheer for them to win and get the 3rd instead of 1st overall.. I don’t think wanting the 1st overall pick means you *aren’t* a true fan… to me, that’s dumb (although it matters more in basketball… football, not so much, although in football the high pick in every round helps more), but with us, right now, I just want them to win, and succeed. I want Ovie to get 60 (it’s within reach, I think he only needs an Ovechtrick next game… since it’s named after him, that seems reasonable, right?)

  • Eric Schulz

    Fair enough. I love the Bruins organization; they run a really tight ship, and have done a phenomenal job of building that roster up… but wow, that Seguin trade was monumentally stupid. I made fun of them, repeatedly, for it (some dude bristled when I called Seguin a superstar… well, he’s 3rd in the league in points, I called it… and that wasn’t really hard to call)… great job by the Stars rebuilding their center position, really… I mean, in one offseason, you added Seguin (a 1st), Horcoff (a 2nd), and Peverly (a 3rd)… damn. Plus that Ribeiro for Eakin… nice for both sides, really.

  • Myan

    It was more the awful references to other sports: “It’s 3 love WASH…WASH up by a field goal”. You can just say “3 nothing Washington”, you don’t have to try to be so damn cute about it. It’s freaking hockey.

    On another note, Locker is the color commentator to Joe B’s play by play. Locker is supposed to write the narrative for the season. If you’re looking for in-depth analysis and the like, you’ll rarely find that from a local affiliate broadcast.

  • Myan

    Are those the guys that did the NBCSN broadcast tonight? …my boyfriend and I literally rolled our eyes in unison throughout the game. Those guys on NBCSN were trying WAY too hard.

  • Myan

    I heard that Joe B remarked: “where was this all season?!”

  • DCSportsDork
  • http://batman-news.com tominsocal1

    Were the Caps really playing for “honor?”

    He-he, I bet not.

  • http://batman-news.com tominsocal1

    I thought the NBCSN broadcast was spot on. The criticisms of Ovechkin were apt. Maybe if he back-checked once a month it would be different. Just my opinion.

  • Owen Johnson

    FINALLY home from the game. Woulda commented earlier buy my phone died. Beagle had a game for the ages, no? Could have had a hat trick a couple times, but couldn’t quite bury them. Also, in the 3rd period, my dad and I snuck up to section 102 and sat near Ovi’s mom and some middle aged bald dude in a suit and an eastern European accent. I mentioned how I wished the Caps would re-sign Grabovski, and the middle-aged bald dude with the Eastern European accent turned to me and asked me my name. I asked why and he said he was Grabo’s agent. I freaked out (probably did a #perrycelly, a #alzycelly and a #lattacelly at the same time). After the game, I shook his hand and begged him to please convince Grabo to re-sign. He said a few business things in my ear which I pretended, but couldn’t quite hear. So, long story short; if Grabo re-signs, give me some credit, eh?
    Also, listening to The Decline right now and playing in on my bass. Jesus, that song is good!

  • Owen Johnson

    Yup. Bothers me. Also, stupid Dallas can’t beat Columbus to help us. I swear, that city only exists to make my life miserable.

  • JenniferH

    Absolutely.

  • JenniferH

    If he did that must have been before I managed to get a stream. :(

  • Bilal

    I want the Holtbeast to kick arse in the last game. Show that he is going to be our starter in October

  • Kevin

    It’s quite funny if you take any positives from this game as a Capa fan. If you think the Hawks were playing with an ounce of give-a-damn then you’re a moron. They were solidified in number 3 slot in the Central the previous night. They gave their Norris trophy winning defenseman Keith the night off. The Caps dominated a team that was playing a 60 minute practice.

  • Gersh21

    Sarcasm? They won their last regular season game the last two years.

  • Gersh21

    Was watching the O’s and Caps simultaneously last night, O’s lose on defensive miscues and inability to score. I think the games were mixed up.

  • Myan

    Say it once or twice, fine. The guy brought it up like 5 times during the broadcast and went as far as to pin ALL of the Caps problems on Ovi which is just ignorant. “Well Ovi didn’t skate too hard to take away that icing, did he” followed by a snicker. Seriously, what was the point of such a callous joke considering that was at the end of a shift?

  • Bugs Fire

    Of course, it would have been a different game if Toews/Kane/Keith were on the ice. Game did matter to Hawks because of the home ice advantage in case they face Sharks in the Western finals, although that is probably minor issue to them and they can still make that happen tonight.

    Will this year teach this group of players a lesson that you have to show up every game during the season? I hope so. Just holding on that two-goal lead against Devils, beating Isles at that 0-1 home game, and not taking unnecessary penalty/suspension against the team whose main strategy is to get under your skin with petty hits would have meant… well, another first round exit, this time against Bruins.

    In fact, they had the tools (even despite of coaching issues) to be ahead of Flyers and perhaps even Rangers. Sad, sad, sad.

    But hey, I’ll take all the positives I can. Yes, Hawks without their top three players are… maybe something like Nashville. Why couldn’t this Caps team Nashville when it mattered most is the biggest puzzle this year. I smell players conspiracy to oust hated coach! ;-)

  • Bugs Fire

    I didn’t get the feeling that Hawks just gave the game to Caps. They were seriously trying to avoid shutout. It was so weird to enjoy Halak’s maddening performance. Caps defence also made surprisingly few mistakes, Strachan in particular was rather good.

  • Bugs Fire

    One guy I did not like yesterday was Penner. I am not sure why would he want to stay in DC after Oates did an Erat on him. Maybe he thinks he can run Ducks coattails to a new contract, but he did some serious stinking. Was this guy supposed to crash the net? Several times he just looked like he was drunk trying to get out of the D-zone and mishandling the puck.

  • Bugs Fire

    This headline just in from NBC:

    Caps beat Hawks 4-0, selfish dude Ovechkin -2 anyway

  • Bugs Fire

    It’s true that this game meant very little standings-wise (although Hawks may rethink that later when they do not have home ice advantage against Sharks in Western conference finals).

    It is ill-advised though to call someone a moron just because they have an opinion that differs from yours.

    It is also disrespectful to a very good Chicago Black Hawks team to assume that they would just phone in a game.

    Yes, they did not have their best roster and did not have the intensity of Cup finals. But they played a good hard game – if you watched it, please provide some evidence of Hawks not giving a damn.

  • Sarah

    You called it! That whole brouhaha in Boston is a joke in Dallas now. Obviously Seguin’s numbers speak for themselves, and his work ethic is never questioned.

    The Stars gave an Alumni game to support a family in their youth hockey system that had been through a tragedy, and Seguin and Benn made appearances despite just having played in a real game. It was a very kind gesture from the whole Stars organization, and hilariously entertaining to watch the 90’s Stars skating with youth players and screwing around.

    Ray Whitney was the coach on Seguin’s team and “benched” him towards the end of the game, explaining, “Well, Tyler has a hot date tonight” and isn’t focused. The stands exploded with laughter.

    Great amateur footage of the whole thing here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOkaCjD1kJs

  • Sarah

    Sorry, they tried. Bobby is a really good goalie.

  • OVECHKING

    Many of you here have admitted (through various posts/introduction threads) that you folks are “newer” hockey fans. If you came from a time or place (toronto is where I’m from) and grew up watching HNIC, TSN and even ESPN back in the day, you would know where we are coming from. Since you don’t, please respect / trust our opinions on this matter.

    Bob Cole – Harry Neale (famous quote on Jagr goal where deked everyone on the ice) was a combo that will live through time.
    Jim Hughson is another guy who is really good on CBC

    TSN has/had Chris Cuthford, Gord Miller

    ESPN had my personal favourite with Gary Thorne-Bill Clement. Famous OT GWG scored by Yzerman comes to mind.

    If you think Locker and Joe B are “best in the business” then this business is absolutely terrible.

  • OVECHKING

    Agree 100% Jack. You truly are the best mainstay poster on this site. Im glad you are always here dishing out a dose of reality to the newer fans. Even at times where people hated on you, you stayed firm. I remember at the start of the season You and I were the only ones that could see through Oates’s B$. He was not a good coach. Yet you had millions of apologists here preaching patience and that “he’s a good man and high IQ”. I couldn’t handle it and left for a while but still came back to read your posts after most games. You were always spot on.

  • OVECHKING

    I’m Ovi’s biggest fan. you won’t find a guy who defends ovechkin more than me. Ask tom. Whether ovi is a big problem or a small problem, he is a problem with the franchise just like everyone else. His quotes and lack of effort he shows on some night make him an easy target along with premeditated stereotypes because of his nationality. These guys in other cities DON’T know more about the problems with the caps and that’s not their fault, its solely the media in this city’s fault. If you watch an opposing team’s broadcast when they are facing the Canucks or Leafs, they are very privy to information regarding Ownership and Management and will often throw them under the bus before any individual players. People dont know how bad Mcphee has been the last 17 years or how bad Oates is. They just see those Quotes from Oates about “ovi quitting on the play” (which was strategically said by oates to put blame on Ovi ) and it worked. Media blames ovi. They don’t know the real problems of which Ovechkin as a player fuels.

    On TSN however, more astute hockey analysts like Bob Mackenzie know how bad Oates and Mcphee are. they do there best to expose them but its not enough. You need more attention like what Katie carerra had yesterday.

  • Myan

    I never agree with what you say, but I totally see your point here. Enjoy your Saturday :)

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  • OVECHKING

    That’s a little hard to believe. Unless you think this franchise is on the right path Oates is a great coach and GMGM is a great GM. I was here at the start of the season explaining exactly what is wrong with this franchise, from coaching, management and mickey mouse organizational behaviours (you can check my comment history)… so if you never agree with what I say, then you still shouldn’t to this day because I haven’t change my views on this franchise in years.

  • Myan

    LOL I recall a time when we butted heads over Mike Green hugging Karlsson in the middle of a scrum…and then your remarks about Carlson’s mittens being more patriotic than his play. Seriously, just relax and enjoy the game…it’s supposed to be fun. Let me be clear: this is not an invitation to continue the discussion about those two events.

  • Pat Magee

    What’s really crazy, is how well they’re still doing without him….. Super talented scorers seems to disappear on super deep teams like boston.

  • Spence_2020

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  • Mark Chaffer

    it’s a game 7 joke

  • Gersh21

    Of course duh. It’s been too long since we didn’t go through playoff heartbreak.

  • Eric Schulz

    Depends on what you mean by “newer” fan. I’m 28 years old, so I haven’t been following hockey longer than that. But I’ve had access to games on the internet for most of that; for a time I had to watch online because of the massive time difference, but even before that I watched about 4 games a night when I had the NHL center-ice package. I respect your right to hold the wrong opinion, I just reserve the right to point out that you are wrong.

  • Eric Schulz

    Well, he led them in scoring just two years ago, so it’s not like he couldn’t have had success there. They are doing fine without him because they are a great team… I mentioned that. Also, they traded Kessel for Seguin (who’s already better than Kessel, IMO) and Dougie Hamilton (Toronto is an awful, awful organization, and their fans will readily admit that, but still won’t admit how bad that trade was, even as they lament the quality of their blueline… be nice to have Hamilton, right?)… Seguin was the 2nd overall choice in a 2-man draft, but most times, the team can ill-afford to lose that player. Boston was already a contender when they got that pick, so losing him didn’t affect them like it would a team that “earned” the pick… I still think they would’ve been better with him.

  • CapsKel

    Hawks are minus Kane, Toews, and a couple others, and had no major incentive to win. Not an equal comparison.

  • Hockey mom

    Well, I’m not a seasoned hockey fan by any means, but I’ve got a little guy who plays so I am trying to learn as much as I can about it.

    However, there are a few things about life that I have learned that can be applied to hockey, so I try to teach him those things. When they (my daughter is an ice skater and also a huge Caps fan, Holtby especially) found out that the Caps weren’t going to make the play offs, they were wondering if the Caps would still try to win or would even care if they won. To that I told them, no matter what you think the circumstances are, you do your best. Everything you do or don’t do is part of your legacy, and no one is guaranteed they will have another shot to prove them-self.

    Maybe the Caps have played some depleted teams, but they do need to play their best, because if, for some God-forbid reason (accident, stroke, injury), that it was the last game for any of them how many times would they relive that game and wish they could have done it differently? That is a poison that eats people alive from the inside out…if I had only done x, I wish I would have done y, I wish I could do it over…

    Anyhow, I think if they give their best, they are in a better place for self-reflection to improve for next season. Players can’t control who is in control of the team, but they are fully in control of the effort they put forth on a daily basis

  • Benjamin Esham

    I still ‘lol’ when I read “BEAGLE RABID”

  • Jack Conness

    I appreciate the kind comments OVECHKING.

  • Kevin

    Home ice over the sharks? Do you know how the new playoffs work? They can’t play the Sharks until the conference finals and already would be the lower seed no matter if they had won the last two games. Sorry for the moron comment but This is what I mean. If they had won it wouldn’t change a single thing. Meaningless game = don’t get hurt and don’t give a damn. The no effort is something I would expect a Caps fan to be familiar with.

    It’s not disrespectful to the Blackhawks, it’s coming from fans who know the product and level of play the defending champs usually bring to the table.

    They had 7 hits in the game. They let Crawford have the 3rd period off. They gave a Norris Trophy winning defenseman in Keith a rest day.I’ve watched the Hawks play almost every game since 1988. If you don’t know that they had zero effort out there you then are not an intelligent hockey fan.

  • Brent Goldstein

    Wasn’t referring to regular season . . . just the last game that they played for the year. Moot point after the loss to Tampa.