Capitals Beat Blackhawks 3-2 (OT), Jay Beagle Notches Pair

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The Washington Capitals downed the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Friday night at United Center in Chicago. The win raised the Capitals record to 9-3-1. The Capitals are now off to Raleigh, North Carolina in advance of their game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Puck drop is 7:00 PM.

capitals-blackhawksTaylor Chorney made his first start of the season, after sitting out the first 12 games.

Barry Trotz was coy in specifying his fourth line for the game tonight. The Caps had 13 forwards out for warm-ups. Trotz finalized the fourth line just minutes before puck drop, choosing to go with Zach Sanford, Jay Beagle and Daniel Winnik on the 4th line.

Nate Schmidt and Brett Connolly were the healthy scratches.

A spirited first five minutes, with scoring chances for both sides. The Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov was called for the game’s first penalty at 5:38 of the opening frame. However, it would be the Capitals that would first dent the twine. The Capitals Jay Beagle would score a short-handed goal on the end of a nice steal and dish from TJ Oshie at 6:17 of the first period.

However, the Blackhawks would ultimately capitalize on the Kuznetsov penalty just 22 seconds later on a power play goal by Brian Campbell at 6:19.


Jay Beagle would regain the lead for the Capitals at 14:44 of the first period on an even-strength, wrap-around goal.

The period would end with the Capitals leading 2-1. The Blackhawks led in shots on goal, 13-8 for the period.

The second period started with a little more settled pace. Scott Darling replaced Corey Crawford in goal for the Blackhawks after the second TV timeout of the middle frame. Crawford would return with 4:40 left in the second period. Lars Eller would be called for tripping at the 15:10 mark, giving the Blackhawks their second power play of the game. The Capitals penalty kill would snuff out the Blackhawks man advantage. The period would end with the Capitals holding on to the 2-1 lead. The Capitals led in shots on goal 13-8 for the period.

The Blackhawks started the third period with a frenzied offensive attack, but the Capitals defense was up to the challenge. The Blackhawks would tie the game with 22.3 seconds left in the game on a goal by Marian Hossa.


The Capitals would win it in overtime on a goal by Marcus Johansson. The goal was setup on a nice play in the defensive zone by Johansson. Later in the play Dmitry Orlov would make a beautiful pass to Johansson for the finisher.



By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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