Video: Beagle’s three-point night lifts the Caps over the Sharks

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Jay Beagle scored twice and set up Joel Ward’s overtime-winner as the Washington Capitals edged the San Jose Sharks 5-4 Wednesday night.

Beagle now has as many points this season (17) as he did in the past two seasons combined.

With the loss the Sharks picked up just one of a possible six points on their three-game home stand. Washington has now won four of five.

Troy Brouwer and John Carlson had the other Caps goals.

Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Orpik each had two assists and Braden Holtby made 26 saves in the win.

Brent Burns scored twice in a 22-second span of the second period while Logan Couture and Joe Thornton had the other Sharks goals. Couture also had an assist in the loss passing Dan Boyle for 10th spot on the Sharks’ all-time points list (270).

Patrick Marleu and Matt Nieto each had two assists for the Sharks.

Antti Niemi made 28 saves in the loss.

San Jose won the only other meeting between the two clubs 6-5 in a shootout on Oct. 14.

NHL on NBCSN: Sharks strive to break slump against Capitals

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign with Wednesday’s second game as the San Jose Sharks host the Washington Capitals at the SAP Center at 10:30 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The month of February simply hasn’t started off well for the San Jose Sharks, who host the Washington Capitals on NBCSN tonight.

Slumping Sharks

Beginning with a shootout loss against the Edmonton Oilers, the Sharks have dropped four of five games to begin this month, including two straight losses at home. If Washington continues this trend, San Jose will squander a brief-but-key three-game homestand.

At this point, the Sharks have to know that just about every stretch means something. Losing to the Calgary Flames on Monday bumped them down to third in the Pacific Division. When you consider games in hand and other factors, San Jose’s not as far above the Western Conference bubble as the Sharks may seem, either.

That’s not to say that the Sharks have all the motivation by any means.

If the Capitals aren’t careful, they could face similar problems when it comes to bubble teams being closer than they seem. Washington seems to have shaken off a frustrating run of losses to end January, but they’re beginning a very challenging four-game road trip in San Jose on Wednesday.

The two teams played an early regular season game on Oct. 14 as the Sharks edged the Capitals 6-5 via a shootout. While they aren’t particularly familiar opponents, there’s plenty of talent to go around with the Sharks’ slew of forwards (Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau) going up against Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Washington’s expensive defensive corps.

If we get Braden Holtby vs. Antti Niemi in net, we’ll get to see a match between two goalies hoping to earn big contracts after this season.

We don’t see the Capitals face the Sharks very often, but it could be an entertaining match to close out Wednesday’s back-to-back set of NBCSN games.

(Check out this preview of the Detroit Red Wings – Pittsburgh Penguins game here.)

‘Inconsistent’ Sharks get Wingels back versus Flames

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It’s not all bad injury news for the San Jose Sharks. While they won’t have d-man Marc-Edouard Vlasic tonight against the Flames, at least key forward Tommy Wingels will be back.

Wingels has been activated from injured reserve after missing seven games with a broken hand. Versus Calgary, he’s expected to skate on the right side of a line with Tomas Hertl and Chris Tierney.

The Sharks, perhaps the most inconsistent team in the NHL this season, lost another winnable game Saturday at home to Carolina — just the latest defeat to a team that won’t be participating in the playoffs this spring.

Tonight, not only will the Sharks be looking for redemption for Saturday’s effort, they’ll be trying to avenge last week’s 3-1 loss to the Flames in Calgary.

“We’re an inconsistent team this year. We need to fix that going forward,” forward Logan Couture said, per CSN Bay Area.

“We’ve got a stretch run here. We’re going to need to win a lot of games to get into the playoffs.”

PHT Morning Skate: Tom Hanks brings Wilson to Rangers-Bruins game

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Tom Hanks and Brian Williams took in the NBCSN Rivalry Night game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers:

He also brought an old friend to the contest:

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting an $25,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Thursday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

The Rangers went on to earn a 3-2 victory. You can see the highlights below:

Could there be an alternative to Chris Hansen’s arena plan in Seattle? (Seattle Times)

Sidney Crosby excels when it comes to managing his off-ice responsibilities too. (USA Today)

Nail Yakupov is getting along well with new Oilers coach Todd Nelson. (Edmonton Sun)

Logan Couture got some playing time between the pipes last night:

Former New York Rangers player Vic Howe, the younger brother of Gordie Howe, has passed away. (NHL.com)

(Video) PHT Extra: Who will be picked last in the All-Star Fantasy Draft?

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We filmed this Wednesday, before Filip Forsberg and Johnny Gaudreau were added as All-Star Game replacements. So if it’s one of those two who gets picked last — and it very well could be — we’re off the hook.

Remember, it has to be a forward that’s picked last. Per the rules, “Each team will be comprised of three goaltenders, six defensemen and 12 forwards. To ensure the final draft picks are not predetermined due to position requirements, each team’s three goaltenders must be picked by the end of Round 10 and each team’s six defensemen must be picked by the end of Round 15.”

It’s also pretty unlikely we’ll see a veteran like Radim Vrbata or Patrik Elias picked last, with the resultant embarrassment. More likely it’ll be a youngster, a la Phil Kessel and Logan Couture in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Anyway, watch: