The Caps handled the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night, recording a badly needed win and welcoming home a beloved fan fave.
TJ Oshie forced a turnover then scored on a rebound to open scoring in the first period. The second went scoreless, which is the word we use when no one scores even if the game has a score, which obviously it did, it was 1-0 Caps. Brett Connolly crashed the net in the third period to get his first goal in 13 games, but Markus Granlund replied by catching a nice pass from Antoine Roussel to get the Canucks on the board a couple minutes later. Jakub Vrana put the Nucks back in their two-goal hole with a weird, weird goal. Elias Pettersson got a goal with the Nucks net empty, but it was over.
Caps win 3-2!
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) February 6, 2019
The Caps won but the bigger story was this: Stanley Cup champion Jay Beagle returned to Washington, bathed in the adoration of thousands of fans. For 471 games and 85 more in the postseason, Beagle was the rock upon which the Caps stood. A faceoff whiz with underrated scoring skills and an undeniable work ethic, Beagle earned his role of honor as a fan favorite. And he’ll keep that role until the last of us is gone. One last time:
See you here on Thursday as the Caps try to do the unthinkable: win two games in a row.
Headline photo: Patrick McDermott
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