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.
Special teams was key to the Washington Capitals’ success last season. The team has long been known for its vaunted power play, but the Caps captured the Presidents’ Trophy in large part due to their brilliant penalty kill, which stopped their opponents 85.2 percent of the time, second only to the Anaheim Ducks.
This year, however, the Caps PK is faltering. They are the fourth-worst unit in the NHL, allowing goals 28.6 percent of the time that their enemy has the man-advantage. Washington has allowed power play goals in four of the five games they’ve played, including a Jimmy Vesey tally Saturday night against the New York Rangers.
“I think it’s just little things here and there we need to work on and continue to get better on,” center Jay Beagle said. “We’re obviously not happy. That’s not good enough.”
The Jay Beagle Goodwill Tour made its way to Verizon Center Tuesday night. Days after Beags gave away and individually autographed two dozen pucks to children at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the fourth-line center struck again during warmups ahead of the Caps game against Colorado.
Beagle tossed a puck to a tiny Caps fan named London who was holding a sign that read, “I <3 83. Happy Birthday Jay Beagle.” Then, after I assume some prompting by mom, Beags literally stopped what he was doing on the ice and took a picture through the glass.
The Washington Capitals hosted their 2016-17 regular season home opener in style Saturday with a special red carpet event. As cars provided by Lexus dropped players off on F Street, diehard Caps fans lined the entrance, hoping for a picture or an autograph with their favorite athlete.
The event started at 3:30 and was hosted by PA Announcer Wes Johnson, who served as the master of ceremonies. Johnson introduced players as they arrived while preselected fans walked the players down the red carpet. Many Caps, including Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, Nate Schmidt, and Andre Burakovsky, posed for selfies with fans before going inside Verizon Center.
That afternoon, RMNB had two photographers at the event, myself and the talented Katie Snyder (who you can follow on Instagram and Facebook). Snyder is one of the Redskins’ home-game photographers and graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Snyder also does a lot of freelance work, including family-based portraits.
The Washington Capitals’ season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins ended close to midnight on Thursday. The game started an hour later than normal because it was nationally televised on NBCSN. The Pens’ Stanley Cup banner raising pushed the game back another 20 minutes and then the game needed extra time to be decided after three-on-three overtime and a shootout. The Caps didn’t fly home until early Friday morning. Barry Trotz cancelled practice for that day.
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