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Sammi Silber The Hockey Writers

Published on Sunday, February 11, 2018





Dog Days Nonexistent for Capitals’ Beagle

In the Washington Capitals’ win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team finished with just 17 shots on goal. However, it was a shot from Jay Beagle – his only shot of the game – that would give the Capitals a 3-2 lead in the second period, eventually paving them to a 4-2 win against Columbus Friday.

Not only was the go-ahead huge for the Capitals, but it was a big personal milestone for the 32-year-old center. That tally was his sixth goal of the season and the 50th of his career.

“I’ve never been a stats guy,” Beagle said following the victory. “But the guys made a big deal about it.”

Jay Beagle Washington Capitals

Jay Beagle has hit two career milestones this season, scoring his 50th career goal and 100th career point. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

He laughed after that he couldn’t repeat what his teammates were “chirping” on the bench after his goal, but said he wished that he could.

Beagle’s Play of Late

Not only does Beagle now have 50 career goals, he also recorded his 100th career point earlier this season in a Nov. 24 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Though he isn’t on pace for a career season, he cuts close and has been a huge asset for the Capitals on the bottom six, while also reaching many different milestones this season.

In 54 games this season, Beagle has six goals and 17 points, a normal scoring pace for a fourth liner. However, of late, his line has been buzzing, and Beagle himself has recorded a point in three of his last five games.

“I think we talked about it a little bit as a line, just creating a little more havoc and throwing [the puck],” Beagle said. “You see more goals from bounces… we have to keep crashing the net and keep trying to cause havoc.”

With an ongoing competition for ice time among bottom-six forwards, Beagle has had the chance to play with a variety of wingers this season. (Photo Credit: Troy Parla)

In addition, Beagle has come in clutch for Washington this season on multiple occasions, including netting a buzzer-beater that won a game for the Capitals not long ago.

A Dynamic Jack of All Trades

Washington’s fourth line has not remained a constant this season, with a lot of players competing constantly for a roster spot. From the start of the season, Nathan Walker, Tyler Graovac, Devante-Smith Pelly, Andre Burakovsky, Jakub Vrana, Alex Chiasson and Chandler Stephenson have all made appearances on Beagle’s wing, with the lifelong Capital remaining a constant.

“You start to build the chemistry and I’ve been fortunate enough the last two years to have the same linemates and that doesn’t really happen as a fourth line,” Beagle said of playing with a variety of different linemates. “It’s nice to have some chemistry going and just being able to read off some of the guys makes it a little bit easier.”

Not only has Beagle been generating more production of late, but he’s also been one of the Capitals’ top centermen, winning over half his faceoff. He has also established his role as a top penalty killer and leads all Washington forwards in shorthanded ice time per game.

“Penalty kill is my main role, that’s what I do,” Beagle said. “I want to be the go-to guy for penalty killing and do a job.”


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