Jay Beagle's go-to line when describing goals he's scored is that his eyes were shut and he blacked out. But with the Washington Capitals and the Winnipeg Jets tied in the last minute of the game at MTS Centre?
"Eyes were open," Beagle said.
After the Capitals surrendered a two-goal lead in the last seven minutes of the same, Beagle scored the game-winner with 30 seconds left, lifting the Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Jets.
The goal was representative of the scorer, as Beagle, a beloved member of Washington's locker room because of his work ethic, kept whacking at a puck in front of the net until he was able to slide it past goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.
The Capitals entered Tuesday night's game having allowed just three third-period goals all season. But within five minutes, the Jets tied the game, finally capitalizing on the bevy of scoring chances they'd had all night. Winnipeg had launched 45 shots on goal, and through 40 minutes, goaltender Braden Holtby had shut them out.
But with 6:56 left in the game, Blake Wheeler strongly maneuvered around defenseman Nate Schmidt and fed Mark Scheifele with a one-handed setup. Less than five minutes later, Adam Lowry skated alone into the crease and tucked the puck in and around Holtby to tie the game.
"I thought it was going to go to overtime," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.
With 35 seconds left in the game, Beagle won the offensive-zone draw, the puck going back to defenseman John Carlson. From the point, Carlson pushed the puck up to where Beagle was in the slot, and as though it were a pinball, Beagle directed the "hopping" puck into the net.
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Men's college basketball
Terps or Irish? Morsell reveals decision today
Four-star guard Darryl Morsell will announce his decision between Maryland and Notre Dame today at Mount Saint Joseph, his father, Dwayne Morsell, said Tuesday. Morsell, 6 feet 4, 190 pounds, whose stock rose dramatically since the summer, "has made up his mind," according to his father. Morsell, a first-team All-Metro selection, helped lead the Gaels to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Baltimore Catholic League title games last season, averaging 10.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has actively pursued Morsell in recent months as a potential centerpiece of his 2017 recruiting class. Darryl Morsell tweeted a picture last month with Turgeon and the Terps' coaching staff in front of the team bus they took up to the family's Baltimore home. Turgeon also reportedly made a home visit after the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation luncheon in Baltimore last week. If Morsell chooses the Terps and eventually signs, he would become the first player from Baltimore to commit to Maryland since Turgeon followed Hall of Famer Gary Williams in College Park in 2011. If Morsell decides to go with the Fighting Irish, he would follow another former Mount Saint Joseph guard, Eric Atkins, who played at Notre Dame from 2010 through 2014 and was the only three-time captain in program history. Atkins is now a video coordinator for Notre Dame. Turgeon is intrigued by Morsell's versatility and his potential as an elite perimeter defender. While the Maryland backcourt seems a bit crowded, the possibility of point guard Melo Trimble's leaving after his junior year remains strong.
Power forward Hogan has left Navy, transferred
Navy power forward Jace Hogan has resigned from the academy and transferred. Hogan would have been the Midshipmen's second-leading returning scorer behind classmate Shawn Anderson after averaging 9.7 points per game in 2015-16. He was the team's second-leading rebounder last season with 4.8 per game. "Jace Hogan, after a long spring and summer, did not want to serve," Navy coach Ed DeChellis said. "We had a lot of back-and-forth with Jace Hogan. He wanted to do it, didn't want to do it. In the end, he decided he did not want to serve in the Navy." DeChellis said Hogan has enrolled at Jacksonville, where he was recruited to play basketball and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out this season under NCAA transfer rules. It marks the first time during the five-year tenure of DeChellis that Navy's had a key returning player decide not to sign the "two-for-seven" papers. All midshipmen at the Naval Academy must sign paperwork committing to five years of postgraduate military service before starting classes during their junior year.
—Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Football: Washington State's Luke Falk, Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes II, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky and Clemson's Deshaun Watson were announced as finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award, named after the longtime Colts great and Hall of Famer, has been presented at the end of each season since 1987 to the nation's top college quarterback, based on his accomplishments on and off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. The award will be presented by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation on Dec. 9 at The Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & The Grand in Baltimore. ... Bowie State junior Victor Tamba was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Offensive Lineman of the Week and redshirt sophomore Amir Hall was named Quarterback of the Week.
Men's soccer: Maryland sophomore forward Gordon Wild was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week. ... Navy freshman defender Diego Manrique was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week.
Women's soccer: Senior Cat Macklin scored in the fourth minute and sophomore Ash Fairow in the 75th as fifth-seeded Navy (9-10-2) earned a 2-0 victory at fourth-seeded Colgate (8-8-3) in the Patriot League quarterfinals. The Mids will face second-seeded Boston University on Friday at 7 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa. ... Harford Community College moved into the National Junior College Athletic Association Top 20 at No. 18.
Field hockey: Maryland midfielder Madison Maguire was named Freshman of the Week.
Reeves to seek state title on Renaissance boxing card
Baltimore's Travis "Seveer" Reeves, the state cruiserweight champion, will fight Aaron Qutrocchi for the International Boxing Organization light-heavyweight title Nov. 12 at the sixth installment of the Baltimore Boxing Renaissance at Coppermine Du Burns Arena at 3100 Boston St. In other bouts on the November to Remember card, Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris will fight Washington's Gregory Clark and Jeffrey McCalla will take on Devin Butcher. Also on the card are Kwame "Rambo Time" Ritter; Sharif Rahman, son of former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman; and Mushin Cason, Hasim Rahman's younger brother. For tickets, go to bmoreboxing.com or by calling 443-377-2505 or 717-447-9239. BBR6 is presented by Shawstyle Productions and Shabazz Brotherz.
Baseball: The Seattle Mariners reinstated former Orioles catcher Steve Clevenger (Mount Saint Joseph) from the 60-day disabled list.
—From Sun staff and news services