In January, the Washington Capitals had a back-to-back, home-and-home stretch against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Caps dropped the first game on their home ice and headed on the road down south to Raleigh, North Carolina. The Capitals got a 4-3 win in epic fashion as Jay Beagle beat the buzzer with a game-winning goal with a second left.
Date: January 12, 2018
Result: Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3
In the beginning, it looked like the home team would pick up from where they left off from the night before. The Canes struck first on a power play goal by Jordan Staal. When the Capitals had the man-advantage shortly after, there was a scrum in front of the net when Lars Eller deflected in a shot from Jakub Vrana.
And then 28 seconds into the second period, Alex Ovechkin scored another signature goal from the office to put the Caps in front. The Canes knotted it on a power play tally from Sebastian Aho.
The third period would be a memorable one for the boys in red as they gutted out a thrilling win. It’s wins like this where the team showed heart and where we saw a glimpse into the potential force they would have come springtime. 1:49 into the stanza, the Hurricanes took the lead on a goal from Jeff Skinner. Late in the third, the Capitals unleashed some road fury.
With just over three minutes to go, T.J. Oshie helped force a turnover from defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and Brett Connolly made him pay with a goal to tie the game.
As the clock was ticking away the final seconds, John Carlson flung the puck towards Ovechkin, who was charging up ice. As they entered the zone, Nicklas Backstrom got the puck and quickly fed it to Beagle like a frisbee. Beagle put it in for the win!
Beagle will be playing for the Vancouver Canucks this upcoming season but the fan-favorite will forever be remembered in DC for his blue-collar work ethic and grit as well as his humble and kind personality.
What will moment #4 be?! Tune in next week to find out!