As the Capitals finished off their ninth straight win on Wednesday, the sellout crowd roared in approval of the NHL’s best team. But 20 minutes later, there were only hushed gasps from the press corps as head coach Barry Trotz explained how costly Washington’s 28th had been.
Jay Beagle, who left the game with 5:52 left in the second period, will need upper-body surgery. Though Trotz refused to say what the injury was, the coach said Washington’s third line center, who has tallied six goals this season, will be out “for an extended period of time.” He is expected to be placed on injured reserve shortly.
Jay Beagle, the man who put the Caps up 2-1 in the second period, was Hockey Night In Canada’s guest during the second intermission. Yes, Beags got the esteemed HNIC towel.
Usually intermission interviews are irrelevant and chock full of cliches. Instead, Beags revealed a tasty nugget about what the Caps did on their flight home from Raleigh Monday night.
Tom Wilson showed how hard his fists could be in the first period. In the second, Willy Baby showed his hands could be soft too.
After racing to a turnover in the Habs offensive zone, Wilson flung a pass behind his body to a trailing Jay Beagle. Beags skated to a better shooting angle before fling a wrist shot past Habs goaltender Mike Condon. Craig Laughlin called the goal, Jay Beagle’s “best shot of his career.”
Barry Trotz gave Jay Beagle and Jason Chimera a new linemate tonight in Stan Galiev. That change paid immediate dividends. Like they scored literally on their first shift together.
After Galiev flung a hard, poor-angled shot attempt from the corner, Beagle picked up the rebound and scored at no angle past Ben Bishop.
Photo: Jill Sorenson, CSN
We all know hockey is serious business. But sometimes after a tough skate, you need to have a little fun, especially if it’s with your family. After practice at Kettler, Jay Beagle stayed behind with his young son Brandt to do a little skating and to help Baby Beags practice his hockey moves.
Brandt was wearing a very special pair of ice skates for his second ever time hitting the ice: They were also worn by Jay and Grandpa Beagle when they were kids!
Around the 14 minute mark of the first period, Jay Beagle was knocked to the ice and seemed a bit stunned as he got up. It went undetected by most, but the reason Beagle was so stunned was that he was elbowed in the face by Lauri Korpikoski who, by the way is a terrible hockey player.
Here’s a look at the cheap shot.
Tuesday night, down 3-0, the Washington Capitals got some life late in the second period, when Dmitry Orlov blasted a shot past San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. The goal was made possible by a perfect screen in front of the net by Jay Beagle. It was Orlov’s first tally since the spring of 2014. Or so we thought.
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer challenged the call and, after a lengthy review, official Tim Peel took away the goal due to goaltender interference.
Beagle, who stared at the jumbotron in disbelief while Peel made his ruling, was bewildered.
Halfway through Tuesday’s game, the Caps were deep in a two-goal hole plus one and they looked pitiful. To the rescue came Dmitry Orlov, aided by Jay Beagle, who screened San Jose Sharks netminder Martin Jones.
That should have been Orlov’s first goal since the spring of 2014, but San Jose coach Pete DeBoer is a cranky-ass party pooper. Issuing the first coach’s challenge we’ve seen so far, DeBoer forced referee Tim Peel and company to review the play, which they did by looking at what looked like a Wii U remote.
Photo credit: Bruce Bennett
The Washington Capitals played in the final game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 27. The Caps lost that contest to the New York Islanders, but their Game 7 victory in Washington put an end to hockey at the Coliseum. It was a glorious moment. Six months later, the Islanders have left the brutalist circular abode behind, moving to the opulent Barclays Center in Brooklyn. After closing out the Coliseum, the Capitals got the chance to play one of the first games in the new place, beating the Isles 3-1 Monday night.
The differences between the two buildings are striking. While the old concrete blob featured notable amenities such as rat poop and a TV angle that seemed to be coming from St. Louis, the new barn has a bus elevator, which is a freaking elevator for buses.
“I’ve never been on a bus elevator,” Jay Beagle told RMNB. “At first we were kind of like, what’s going on here? And then we realized it was an elevator for a bus, so that was kind of cool.”
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