Today is February 16 which marks the first day of Chinese New Year. Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by an animal, based off an ancient folk story. 2018 is the Year of the Dog. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by recounting some of Jay Beagle’s finest moments as a Capital.
From Flipper the phone to the Capitals Risk fan club, there have been countless Beagle highlights over the years. So, get ready for some recent gems and a few blasts from the past.
Back in 2016, the Capitals posted a Vine (RIP) of Beagle woooooing during practice. However, Beagle is clearly howling, much like his animal kingdom counterparts.
You can compare Beagle’s howling with an actual beagle below. It’s uncanny just how similar they are.
Photo credit: @Capitals
No, Beagle doesn’t have a tiny, long-lost twin. That’s just him posing with his bobblehead. The bobblehead was a giveaway during the 2016 Inova Blood Donor Services Winter Blood Drive. (Try saying that 10 times fast.)
I wonder if Beagle still has his miniature doppelgänger hanging around somewhere.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 20, 2014
Following a practice in 2014, Beagle and former Capital John Erskine hijacked a couple of ice resurfacers at Kettler.
No reason was given as to why the pair decided to take the ice resurfacers out for a spin. But really, why not? We’d do the same and grab some coffee through a drive-thru too.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 22, 2017
For the first time since 2008, Beagle gave the Capitals a win over the Dallas Stars with an OTGWG. Not only did it break the win drought against the Stars, it was also Beagle’s first career OT goal.
The goal went to review, but the Capitals were so confident it was good they left the ice before the call was made. The goal stood and the tally tied Beagle’s career high in points at 20.
We all Believe in Beagle. But arguably, no one believes in him more than Josh Robinson.
Josh traveled from Ohio with his trusty beagle.jpg sign, and watched the Caps shutout the Blackhawks 11-0. Beagle even scored twice. At Kettler the next day, Josh met the man himself and they took an epic photo together.
Who could ever forget Jay Beagle’s flip phone, Flipper? The RMNB segment with Chris Gordon on Caps Red Line will forever immortalize Flipper in the hearts and minds of every Capitals fan.
Beagle has since joined us in the smartphone age, but we will always remember his flip phone with fondness.
One of the advantages of Beagle upgrading to a smartphone was the ability to download the Risk app. Beagle even amassed an army of Capitals players to join his campaign to conquer the world.
Beagle learned to play from former Capital Eric Fehr. John Carlson, Tom Wilson, Aaron Volpatti, Aaron Ness and Nathan Walker have all, at one time or another, joined the Risk fan club.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 9, 2017
We’d barely had a chance to take our seats when Beagle scored his first career goal against Henrik Lundqvist.
Beagle’s 14 second tally remains one of the fastest goals in Capitals franchise history. Only Gaetan Duchesne on March 14, 1987 and Alexander Semin on November 11, 2009 have bested it at eight seconds.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 13, 2018
On the other end of the spectrum, Beagle’s goal with 1.3 seconds left on the clock against the Carolina Hurricanes was equally as impressive.
The goal gave the Capitals the win, and also broke Beagle’s 15-game scoring drought. We celebrated that goal just as much as the players themselves.
Beagle is the master of the stick save. His diving play in the above clip was named the NHL’s Oddest Play of the 2015-16 season.
That wasn’t the last, or only, time that Beagle would make that exact same save.
Versus Vegas Golden Knights, February 4 2018.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) February 4, 2018
Versus Columbus Blue Jackets, December 3 2017.
Sure, Jay’s corsi may be ruff (get it?), but the Capitals are 39-1-5 all time when he scores. Jay Beagle is a true hero.
This year’s going to be a good year.
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