May 9, 2009 |
PITTSBURGH, May 8 -- With Eric Fehr hurting, Michael Nylander struggling and Donald Brashear serving a suspension, the Washington Capitals recalled rookie Jay Beagle from the minor league Hershey Bears. Beagle, an undrafted winger who made his NHL debut on Feb. 11 and appeared in three games with the Capitals, had another first on Friday night when he suited up for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. "When I got told by [Bears General Manager Doug Yingst]
May 13, 2013 |
The stands at Verizon Center were already littered with empty seats, many fans already on the streets of Chinatown with the Washington Capitals on the cusp of a deflating 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Monday night. But more than eight minutes still remained in the third period and New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist wasn't ready to give Washington an inch. So when Capitals rookie Tom Wilson fired a power snap shot,...
October 4, 2008 |
Jay Beagle's rise through the ranks was as swift as it was unlikely. In the past two years, Beagle's career has made stops in Alaska, Idaho and Hershey, Pa. Now he's on the verge of getting a shot in the NHL with the Washington Capitals. Last night, Beagle skated in his third game of the preseason against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center. Though he almost certainly won't start the season in Washington, the 22-year-old checking-line center has played his way onto Coach Bruce Boudreau's shortlist of potential...
April 20, 2012 |
When Dale Hunter was hired to revive the sputtering Washington Capitals in late November, the hope was that he would establish a defensive foundation — one that would be better suited to the grinding gantlet of the Stanley Cup playoffs. A little less than five months later, when the Capitals entered the third period of Thursday's Game 4 up by a goal against vaunted, higher-seeded Boston, Hunter's system passed its biggest challenge to date. While the Bruins...
June 30, 2012 |
When the NHL free agent market opens at noon Sunday, the Washington Capitals won't be "desperate" to add pieces to the lineup according to General Manager George McPhee. "I think we're in pretty good shape," said McPhee, who typically keeps his offseason plans tightly concealed. Even if McPhee's contentment with the roster is genuine, it doesn't change the reality that the Capitals have ample space under the salary cap should they seek to add scoring depth or another experienced...
February 11, 2012 |
Nicklas Backstrom stood outside the Washington Capitals' dressing room Thursday night at Verizon Center, leaning against a doorway in a charcoal gray suit. He caught up with his Swedish countrymen from that evening's opponent, and occasionally cracked just the slightest smile. For that moment, it seemed easy to forget that Backstrom remains sidelined indefinitely by a concussion, unable to play or even skate for more than five minutes over the past month. His plight is not...