21 April, 2014

Category Archives: Jay Beagle

Making Your Own Luck

With 17:44 left in the second period Thursday, it was about to get ugly. To the Capitals’ credit, the team had already killed off a penalty they suffered in the opening minute of the game. The patterns—at least from the press box—looked more coordinated, as in, you could see them, even if nothing had resulted […]

Game Day: How the Capitals Approach Video Work

7 a.m., game day (regular season). Washington Capitals video coach Blaine Forsythe is already at the rink, on a day that will consist of at least four meetings for his team as they prep for the evening’s opponent. The team’s coaching staff will use part of the morning to review game video together—a change head […]

Nightmare 4-on-3 Becomes Moment of Pride in Game 6

In all of the peaks and valleys of the Capitals’ loss Sunday to the Bruins, there’s one moment that will hopefully take Capitals fans a long time to forget: the 4-on-3 disadvantage that faced their team from the end of the second period and into the beginning of the third. Imagine the mental strain it […]

Caps Find a Way to Win Post-Deadline

By 50 minutes into an NHL game, you’ve begun to draw conclusions about the teams you’ve just witnessed. And it’s (hopefully, if you’re a reporter) left you with questions: one team overall exhibited fairly solid play, fairly good energy throughout the evening, punctuated by some stellar shifts and shots on goal that just couldn’t finish.  […]

A Peek Inside What Caps Players See in Hunter

People can dissect the Dale Hunter plus/minus comment regarding Mike Knuble to their heart’s content; the odd call up (twice) of Joel Rechlicz; and the equally odd call up of Braden Holtby; it’s all fair game for analysis (and when you figure out a logical answer, please give me a call). But the other side of the coin is to figure out if the guys feel they’re growing under Hunter’s tutelage.

Caps Casino Night isn’t really the venue for asking serious hockey questions, but Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks, Jay Beagle and Mike Green were accommodating nonetheless. Alzner also had some interesting insight into what Hunter’s locker room directives are like between periods in-game (since HBO 24/7 isn’t there to show us). The guys’ comments don’t answer a lot of the aforementioned questions, but they provide an interesting angle to consider in the current state of the Capitals.

A Third Period That Brought Down the House, and Personnel Notes

Take the stats sheet with a grain of salt on this one. Wednesday saw one of the Capitals’ best third period performances, at least effort-wise, so far of the season. Going into that period against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, the Capitals were beating the black and gold in just about every statistical category, including […]

The Case for Jay Beagle

The headline for the Caps’ preseason shootout win Friday against the Buffalo Sabres rightfully belonged to Nicklas Backstrom, who found the net for the first time in an NHL game since March 22 (h/t to David Nichols for the stat) and ended up with two goals.  But a game like Friday’s is also the perfect […]

It Feels Like … Preseason

Wins in preseason expire stats-wise in a matter of weeks, but for a team that’s gone 5-1 and 4-2 in the last two preseasons, a first win in four games has to be somewhat important, right? The Capitals’ Jay Beagle thinks so. “We play the game to win, so, preseason or not, you want to […]

We’re Going Ugly (Cause We Have to)

Beauty is becoming a beast.

Once we wooed only the pretty girls; now we’re chasing heifers.

We’re going ugly, gang, ’cause it’s the best bet for next spring.

The Caps and Christmas Past

I wanted to know what Christmas mornings meant to the Caps in their youth, and specifically how much of a role their respective enthusiasm for hockey played in their requests of Santa, so I went around the locker room at Kettler yesterday after practice and asked. Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that Michal Neuvirth’s […]