It’s a tie game and you have a last minute, offensive-zone face off. Who do you put on the ice?
Barry Trotz, like he has many times in the past, put out Jay Beagle.
Barry’s decision won the Capitals the game.
— #CapsFightCancer (@Capitals) November 2, 2016
On a line with Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov — two offensively gifted players who are also veterans at the dot — Beagle won the draw clean.
He then channeled his inner-Beagleness, and outworked every other player on the ice to pot the goal. Watch as Jets center Adam Lowry loses Beagle as the Caps grinder places himself between the Jets skater and the net.
From the other angle, we can see Beagle’s next level stick-work in front. He wins the face off, but even more importantly, he stick-checks Lowry while the puck floats in the air to gain possession. After deking the biscuit into open ice, Beagle backhands the puck past Connor Hellebuyck with 30 seconds left in the game.
While Beagle will get all the glory, nods should also be given to John Carlson for getting the puck to the net in the first place, and Evgeny Kuznetsov for the dynamite box-out in front.
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