Lead lost, Bea­gle takes it back for third win in row

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD SERIES - By Is­abelle Khur­shudyan

WIN­NIPEG, MAN­I­TOBA — The Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals were less than seven min­utes away from head­ing home on a high note af­ter their week­long western-Canada road trip.

They had a two-goal lead on the Win­nipeg Jets, and th­ese Cap­i­tals en­tered Tues­day night’s game hav­ing al­lowed just three third-pe­riod goals all sea­son.

But within five min­utes, the Jets tied the game, fi­nally cap­i­tal­iz­ing on the bevy of scor­ing chances they’d had all game. But then Jay Bea­gle scored on a back­hand shot with 30 sec­onds left off an as­sist from John Carl­son, lift­ing Wash­ing­ton to a 3-2 win, its third straight.

Bea­gle was the most timely scorer in a game that was billed as a matchup of two great goal scor­ers, one who has es­tab­lished him­self over10-plus sea­sons and an­other who’s just get­ting started as a rookie. But the hottest goal scorer Tues­day night at MTS Cen­tre wasn’t Wash­ing­ton’s Alex Ovechkin or Win­nipeg’s Pa­trik Laine, but Cap­i­tals wing Mar­cus Jo­hans­son.

Jo­hans­son’s sec­ond-pe­riod goal, his fifth goal in three games and sixth of the sea­son, gave the Cap­i­tals a 2-0 lead.

Jo­hans­son’s point­blank scor­ing as of late is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a Wash­ing­ton team that’s made get­ting pucks deep and gen­er­at­ing of­fense from in front of the net an em­pha­sis this sea­son.

With Wash­ing­ton up1-0 in the sec­ond pe­riod, cen­ter Evgeny Kuznetsov skated around the net, and goal­tender Con­nor Helle­buyck seemed to fol­low Kuznetsov. But then Kuznetsov dished the puck to Jo­hans­son in the slot, leav­ing him a tap-in shot on a half-open net.

In a four-on-four sit­u­a­tion 13:04 into the third pe­riod, Blake Wheeler set up Mark Scheifele to end Braden Holtby’s shutout bid. AdamLowry then tied the game with 2:25 left. Holtby made 43 saves.


The Cap­i­tals’ Mar­cus Jo­hans­son and Tom Wil­son (43) cel­e­brate Jo­hans­son’s sec­ond-pe­riod goal.

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