The Washington Times - February 11, 2009, 11:16AM

Just arrived at Madison Square Garden and the Caps are about to go on the ice for the morning skate. Well, Alex Ovechkin is out there already, but he’s not exactly in full gear (or any gear beyond skates and gloves) for that matter. Staffan Kronwall is also out there wearing more proper attire.

News of the day so far is that Jay Beagle has been recalled from Hershey. He could play tonight — which would be his NHL debut — if Alexander Semin and Viktor Kozlov are unable to go. Andrew Gordon made his NHL debut here at the Garden the last time the Caps were here. Beagle — or Kronwall or Michal Neuvirth, whoever is next to play his first game for the Caps — will be player No. 35 to play at least one game for Washington.


Beagle has two goals and five points in 25 games this year for Hershey. The 23-year-old forward had his breakout campaign last season with the Bears with 19 goals and 37 points in 64 games.

UPDATE: No word yet on whether Jay Beagle will in fact make his NHL debut tonight John Erskine and Staffan Kronwall are the last two guys on the ice, so it would seem that the Caps will stick with the same six defensemen that played against Florida on Saturday.

Beagle found out yesterday while he was working out at Hershey that he was getting called up. He missed two months of this season with a concussion after taking an elbow to the jaw in a game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

“It was the most frustrating time, just losing that two months and everything you worked for in the summer,” Beagle said. “You can’t do anything. You are just sitting there on the couch. You can’t ride the bike and can’t keep in shape. That was probably the toughest thing I’ve had to go through.”

“I was happy for everyone to see them going up [to Washington]. The main thing was just not being able to play anywhere. It was so frustrating to be basically not be able to do your job. You feel like you’re cheating the team.”