Jay Beagle is the masked murderer of face-offs

Chris Lingebach
March 16, 2018 - 9:22 pm

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If you haven't noticed, Jay Beagle has been an absolute monster on face-offs for the Capitals this season.

At 58.1 percent, Beagle has the fourth-best face-off percentage in the NHL, drastically improving the Capitals' chances of controlling the puck each time he's on the ice.

Beagle was asked about his face-off prowess during his weekly 106.7 The Fan appearance — 'The Morning Skate with Jay Beagle,' sponsored by Sport Automotive — with The Sports Junkies.

"They bring him in at the start of overtime just for the face-offs," said John-Paul Flaim.

"You're killing it," Eric Bickle said.

"Is that kind of embarrassing?" JP asked. "You do the face-off and then you've got to skate off?"

"That's okay," John Auville said. "It's a valuable asset, a skill."

"It is a little bit. It's not embarrassing, but I obviously want to stay out there," said Beagle, laughing at himself. "But I understand that we've got to get the guys out there that coach thinks are going to give us the best chance of winning, and obviously of scoring."

"I mean, you play the odds, obviously, but it is a job," he said. "He puts me out there for that face-off; it was on my off-hand, so I really didn't want to let the team down, so I wanted to make sure I won that one. So I got the win on that, obviously, and skated as hard as I can to the bench."

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