Beagle helped off ice

Capitals aren’t taking any chances with Jay Beagle


Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said that Jay Beagle, whose recent fight against Arron Asham gained notoriety because of Asham’s taunt and the verbal skirmishes that followed, is not dealing with concussion-like symptoms, but the team isn’t taking any chances.

Beagle has been held off the ice for two straight days and he isn’t expected to play on Saturday. Boudreau told the Washington Post that he was just being “overly cautious,” but he also added:

We’re giving it a couple days to see if any symptoms arise. As far as the training staff and everything goes — the swelling has even gone down. He’s almost looking fine.

This comes on the heels of Brooks Laich’s recent comments that the NHL is babysitting the players too much when it comes to concussions. Even Boudreau acknowledged that if it was up to Beagle, he would have practiced on Saturday and it’s hard to keep him off the ice. That being said, we can see the logic in Boudreau’s decision to tread lightly for a few days instead of potentially making things worse in the event that he does have a concussion.

This fight has also added new kindling to the fire that is the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals rivalry. The two sides will face each other again on December 1st.

Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.


‘Canes lose Wisniewski (lower body) 47 seconds into debut

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James Wisniewski‘s time as a Carolina Hurricane is off to a troubling start.

Wisniewski, acquired by the ‘Canes at this year’s draft, exited Thursday’s season-opener against Nashville early in the first period with a lower-body injury.

Shortly thereafter, the team ruled out his return.

Wisniewski, 31, was expected to play a fairly significant role on Carolina’s defense this year.

It’s unclear what the injury is or how severe it might be, but initial reports don’t sound good; Wisniewski appeared to be in significant pain and had to be helped off the ice.