Photo: Patrick McDermott
Jay Beagle scored his fourth career playoff goal, icing the game for the Caps late in the third period. Beags drove the center lane and nailed the top corner of the net like a 50-goal scorer, but I need to point out two crucial plays before that goal happened.
First, Marcus Johansson forced a turnover by Jakub Voracek as the Flyers forward tried to exit Philadelphia’s zone. Johansson held onto the puck just long enough to let Jay Beagle skate into position.
“Obviously, Jojo had a turnover, three on two, he kind of delayed and let their defense sink back,” Jay Beagle said after the game. “I was able to kind of walk in down the middle. Obviously a great play by Jojo. I just had to try and put it in the back of the net.”
But then there’s Andre Burakovsky. The Burracuda hustled to the front of the net and took his man, Radko Gudas, along with him.
He snowed Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, obscuring the goaltender’s view.
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“When you can walk down the middle like that it’s always the advantage to the shooter,” Beagle said. “You got a little bit of time. No rush to throw it. I closed my eyes and it went in.”
But what a bunch of tiny, heads-up plays by that entire trio.
Additional reporting by Chris Gordon.
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