Jay Beagle Diving Stick Save Kept Capitals Alive in Overtime…Well, For a Few Minutes Anyway (Video)
Take a good look at the above image. Observe the puck flying through the air. Observe the empty net. Observe the stick of Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle. Based on this image alone, what would you say were the odds that Jay Beagle prevented that puck from going into the open net? If I was being conservative I would peg the odds at, say, 50-1. Even if Beagle gets his stick on it, there is still a very good chance the puck deflects or bounces in.
Of course, you’re here because you read the headline, so you already know what happens. Three minutes into overtime, Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist chipped the puck toward a wide open net and a series win, but a miraculous diving stick save by Jay Beagle somehow kept the puck out and the Capitals alive.
Take a look:
Unfortunately, while I’d like to tell you that Beagle’s remarkable effort stole the momentum away from the Penguins, and that the Capitals stormed back to complete the epic comeback and force a Game 7—because there’s nothing better than a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs—you already know that didn’t happen. The Penguins closed things out three minutes later on a goal from Nick Bonino.
Good effort, though. We’ll always remember the Jay Beagle diving stick save.