Jay Beagle and flying pucks do not go well together. First, he broke his hand when some frozen vulcanized rubber hit him in the hand behind the net, sidelining him for months. Now, in the second to last game of the season, Beagle has been injured again.
Killing a penalty in the latter half of the first period against St. Louis Saturday night, Beagle took a hard shot to the left ankle from Blues sniper Vladimir Tarasenko. Beagle left the game 13:52 into the period and did not return.
At noon on Sunday, forward Zach Sill was recalled from the AHL’s Hershey Bears. According to the Capitals’ Mike Vogel, that almost certainly means Beagle will miss the Ducks game. Beagle’s injury status is unknown, but Capitals head coach Barry Trotz is scheduled to speak to reporters at 5:30 pm at Verizon Center.
All Trotz would reveal is that Beagle is “day-to-day.” Sill is serving as an emergency recall.
“With Beagle down, we’re looking for a penalty killer and a faceoff guy,” Trotz said. “He’s just been the guy that’s been playing really well down there.”
Trotz declined to answer when asked if Beagle would be ready for the playoffs.
Additional reporting by Ian Oland.
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