Late Jay Beagle goals lifts Caps past the Jets

Jay Beagle scored with just 30 seconds left in the game to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Winnipeg.  Beagle’s late tally helped the Caps stave off a two goal third period for the Jets.

Washington got on the scoreboard first, with a late first period tally by Karl Alzner.  Alzner’s wrister flew through a screen of Jets’ skaters and by Jets’ net minder Connor Hellebuyck at the 1916 mark of the opening period.   Alzner’s goal was assisted by Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov.  Alzner already has two goals on the season, just 9 games in.  His previous career high came in 2014-15 when he scored 5 goals in that season.  The Caps would take that 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Washington’s second tally came from red-hot Marcus Johansson, who took a feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov behind the net, and slapped it past Hellebuyck.  Johansson was in perfect position, front and center, when he received the pass from Kuzy.  It was Johansson’s 6th goal of the season, which leads the Capitals, and is second overall in the NHL.  Johansson is on absolute fire to start the season, tallying 6 goals and 5 assists in just 9 games.  The Kuzy assist was his second of the game.  The Caps took a 2-0 lead into the middle intermission.

Despite a solid first two periods, the Caps didn’t match the intensity int he third period.  The sloppy play led to two Winnipeg goals late in the third period, just a little over four minutes apart.  It looked as if the Caps let a lead slip away and would enter overtime.  However, with just 30 second left in regulation,   John Carlson grabbed the face off, fed Beagle in front of the net, and Beagle surprised Hellbuyck with a backhander and the game winner.  It was Beagle’s first goal of the season.  Braden Holtby (4-2-1) stopped 43 of 45 shots on goal to earn his fourth win of the season.

The Capitals have today off and then face Winnipeg again on Thursday in Washington at 7 PM.

Multi-Point Game Points:

Marcus Johnansson, 1 goal, 1 assist

Evgeny Kuznetsov, 2 assists

Note:  Marcus Johansson has scored a goal in three consecutive games and has five goals total over that three game period.

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