Over the summer, Jay Beagle was one of only a handful of players to leave the Capitals. Fresh off his first Stanley Cup, the fourth-line center signed a four-year, $12 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks.
Thursday, Beagle finally scored his first goal with his new team.
It was a beauty.
The play started when Canucks forward Markus Granlund picked off a poor pass by Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Granlund raced down the left wing as Beagle drove the net. As Ekholm dove and tried to take away the pass, Granlund lobbed the puck over to Beagle, who deked and scored on his backhand past Pekka Rinne.
Beagle’s goal came 15:15 into the first period and gave the Canucks a 2-1 lead.
Here’s one more look.
The goal was shorthanded, which really is the most Jay Beagle thing to ever Jay Beagle.
On the evening, the Canucks would score twice while down a man, but still ended up losing 4-3 in overtime.
The @Canucks scored at least two shorthanded goals in a regular-season game for the 23rd time in franchise history and first since Oct. 5, 2013 vs. EDM. #NHLStats #VANvsNSH https://t.co/vkqPAnfbza pic.twitter.com/RcaAnIJ8ih
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) December 14, 2018
Unfortunately, I have some bad news. Jay’s had a… 😎… ruff time so far this season. Thursday’s game marked only Beagle’s tenth of the 2018-19 campaign. The grinder missed six weeks after blocking a shot and breaking his forearm. At least during Beagle’s time off, the Capitals visited Vancouver and gave their unheralded former teammate a championship ring.
But that skill goal. It was so impressive. It’s time to post the beagle.jpg again!
— RMNB (@russianmachine) March 5, 2016
Congratulations, Jay. You deserve it. Yer such a good boy.
Headline photo: @PR_NHL
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