The Washington Times - December 3, 2011, 11:25AM

Cheers greeted Jay Beagle as he stepped onto the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the first time he was skating in three weeks.

“I was pretty nervous I’d toe-pick and fall right away,” Beagle said with a smile.

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But Beagle didn’t. Instead, he skated around for about 15 minutes – another significant piece of progress as the Caps forward works back from a concussion suffered Oct. 13. He hasn’t played since that night and experienced some problems when trying this same thing recently.

“I tried to skate about three weeks ago, skated for about three, four days. Then I had a setback, and we rested and built my heart rate back up with the bike the last week,” Beagle said. “I was at that point again where I got to skate today, and I was so excited I couldn’t even sleep last night.”

Beagle was wearing a heart monitor to make sure his exertion level was OK with his head. It’s a day-to-day thing now, and the 26-year-old is hoping to see more steps forward.

“I see how I felt today and hopefully everything goes good and I get to skate tomorrow and progressively keep going and keep working on getting the heart rate up more and more,” Beagle said. “When it gets past that certain point where it wasn’t so good three weeks ago, hopefully my head feels great and I have no symptoms and I can get back to playing.”

Beagle’s feeling “100 percent better” than three weeks ago, and he still aims to play this season.

“Yeah. Of course. I want to play. Even from three weeks ago I can tell that there’s a difference. I felt like three weeks ago I was trying to push it a little bit and tell myself that it was feeling good,” Beagle said. “I’m just taking it day-by-day and hopefully I got no setbacks.”