The Washington Capitals have lost three straight games. Their offense has been anemic lately. But one aspect of their game has become infamous this season: the once vaunted power play. After being one of the league’s top units since the Bruce Boudreau days, the squad is ranked 22nd in the NHL this season, converting less than 15 percent of the time. In response, Caps fans have incessantly mocked and or panicked about the man-advantage.
But head coach Barry Trotz has a solution: Jay Beagle. The center, 31, has never scored a regular-season power play goal in his nine year NHL career.
Jay Beagle was the Capitals hero once again.
The Regal Beagle scored the Caps’ lone tally — a third period goal with 5:41 left in the game — during Friday night’s 1-0 snoozer against Detroit. It was Jay Beagle’s second game-winning goal in November and the eighth of his nine-year NHL career.
The goal was a masterpiece, if you count falling over and whacking at a rebound a masterpiece.
I know you don’t want me to mention it, but after coming off a horrendous loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Caps practiced with a bit of a line shakeup. The shakeup includes the return of top line Jay Beagle.
Beagle took time after practice this morning to speak with the media and voice what he thinks this shake up means and also talk about what he has been working on over the summer to improve his game.
Beagle mentioned that he focused on trying to keep his hands light to create more scoring opportunities. Beagle told the media, “probably four or five years ago, I started doing some stuff that I had never done before in the summer. Just working on individual things. In the summer, when you start skating it’s usually with a group, so I just started doing my own individual stuff as well as the group skating in Calgary.”
Beagle has also noticed that the opportunities that he has created for scoring have been because of bounces. “A lot of it is bounces, I’ve had a lot of good bounces this year. You just have to keep working and I’ve had starts like this where I felt like I should have had a start points-wise like this but they just didn’t go in or they just didn’t happen.”
The full transcription of Beagle’s interview is below.
Sunday afternoon at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, a decent-sized contingent of Caps fans waited outside to meet players on the parking deck. One tiny Caps fan hoped he could get a stick.
As Beagle began to make his way to his car, the fan approached. The fan was holding a half opened water bottle. And that’s when something funny happened.
Tonight, the annual Caps season ticket holder party took place. This year, it was held at the National Museum of Natural History where fans got to pose with the players in front of dinosaurs, aquatic mammals, and in the human origins exhibit cave.
Notable moments from the party include tee shirt guy showing his famous designs to the players, Jay Beagle extending his autograph time for the fans and, T.J. Oshie signing a baby (sort of).
Judging by all the pictures people posted, it looks like everyone had a great time at the museum and maybe got to learn a little something along the way.
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