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Jay Beagle's late goal lifts Capitals past Jets

Washington forward scores with 30 seconds left to negate Winnipeg's rally

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Jay Beagle scored with 30 seconds left to help the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Tuesday.

"One of our best guys the last couple of games has been [Beagle]," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "He's one of the guys on the team who everybody respects. He comes in and competes at a high level every night. It was good for him to get a goal there."

Karl Alzner and Marcus Johansson had goals and Braden Holtby made 43 saves for the Capitals (6-2-1), who won the last three games of a four-game road trip.

"I wasn't quite used to that," Holtby said of the number shots he faced. "One of the hard games is the last one of a road trip."

Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry scored in the third period for Winnipeg (4-6-0). Connor Hellebuyck allowed three goals on 27 shots.

Scheifele scored at 13:04 of the third after Jets forward Blake Wheeler powered his way past Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt in the right circle and fed Scheifele, who quickly shot it past Holtby to make it 2-1.

Video: WSH@WPG: Lowry dances around Holtby to tie game late

Lowry tied the game with 2:25 remaining when he took a pass from Joel Armia and made a nifty move to beat Holtby for his first goal of the season.

"We played good throughout the whole game," Scheifele said. "Putting up over 45 shots or whatever we had against a team like that is big for us. It's definitely tough to lose a game when you come back like that."

Alzner scored at 19:16 of the first period. Brett Connolly tied up Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom on the end boards, allowing Evgeny Kuznetsov to get the loose puck. He made a quick pass to Johansson, who found Alzner at the point. Alzner's shot appeared to change direction on its way past Hellebuyck.

Johansson made it 2-0 at 8:15 of the second period. He generated a turnover in the neutral zone and found Kuznetsov, who carried the puck down low behind the Jets net. Johansson worked his way out front, where Kuznetsov put the puck on his stick.

Video: WSH@WPG: Johansson's quick shot slips past Hellebuyck


Goal of the game

Beagle won a draw late in the third period with the game tied 2-2. The puck came back to defenseman John Carlson, whose point shot was blocked in front. Beagle was able to pick up the loose puck and slide it past Hellebuyck for the game-winning goal with 30 seconds remaining.

Video: WSH@WPG: Beagle shovels in a backhand to regain lead


Save of the game

Hellebuyck moved quickly across the crease to save on an Alex Ovechkin one-timer during a Capitals power play in the third period to keep it a two-goal game.

Video: WSH@WPG: Hellebuyck denies Ovechkin's one-timer


Highlight of the game

Holtby made three saves in quick succession nearing the end of the second period, including a sprawling left pad save against Armia. Holtby stopped Armia moments earlier in the same sequence of events.


Unsung moment of the game

Enstrom denied Capitals forward Zachary Sanford of his first NHL goal at 16:55 of the second period. Sanford tried a wraparound attempt, but Enstrom slid across the ice to stop disrupt the scoring chance.


They said it

"We've moved a lot of people around into a lot of different roles on that power play. We will continue to do that until we get some guys trying some new things and new positions. But it's a little bit like our entire offensive game; there's a few more things we can get better on." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice


"Obviously, we're going to have to be better. You know if they had a little luck on their side, they probably would've came out on top in this one and we know that, but we battled it out. Sometimes they're not pretty. We'll look at the film and see what we can do better against them to create a little more stuff in our favor and, you know, refocus." -- Capitals goalie Braden Holtby  


Video: WSH@WPG: Alzner's wrist shot opens the scoring


Need to know

Johansson has five goals and two assists in his past three games. … Jets forward Shawn Matthias was taken down awkwardly by Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov in the first period and did not return. Maurice didn't have an update on Matthias' status after the game. … The Jets were 0-for-4 on the power play and are 5-for-44 this season.


What's next

Capitals: Home against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Jets: At the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, TSN3, NHL.TV)


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