Flu Bug Still Present, Caps Recall More

December 15, 2010 | Ed Frankovic

Press Release from the Washington Capitals:

The Washington Capitals have recalled right wing Andrew Gordon and center Jay Beagle from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. The Capitals also assigned defenseman Brian Fahey to Hershey.

Gordon, 25, is a fourth-year pro who has played four games for the Capitals in his career. The Porters Lake, Nova Scotia, native has collected 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) and 12 penalty minutes in 26 games with Hershey this season and currently ranks second in the AHL in goals and fifth in points.

A seventh-round choice, 197th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Gordon wears No. 63 for the Capitals. He scored 50 goals for Hershey last season (37 in the regular season, 13 in the playoffs), one of two AHL players to score 50 goals total. He played in the 2010 AHL All-Star Game and was named to the postseason AHL Second All-Star Team. In addition, Gordon played three seasons of college hockey at St. Cloud State (WCHA).

Beagle, 25, has played in one game (Oct. 23 vs. Atlanta) for Washington this season, registering two penalty minutes. The 6’3”, 210-pound native of Calgary, Alberta, has collected 11 points (7 goals, 4 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 21 games for the Bears this season.

Beagle has appeared in 11 career NHL games for the Capitals, posting two points (1 goal, 1 assist) and six penalty minutes. He also played in 66 games for the Bears during the regular season last season, collecting 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) and 25 penalty minutes while also recording nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 21 playoff games. Beagle, who wears No. 83 for Washington, was signed as a free agent by the Capitals on March 26, 2008.

Both players will be available for tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks at Verizon Center.

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COMMENTS: The good news is that defenseman Mike Green is healthy again (missed last two games) so Fahey was returned to the Bears. However, it appears that Alexander Semin is down with the flu now, he didn’t practice yesterday, so Gordon, who played on Sunday against New York but was sent back down to Hershey on Monday, is back up again. Defensive forward Boyd Gordon is also injured and with Beagle being recalled others must still have the flu bug as well. The Caps are playing a very tough team in the Anaheim Ducks tonight. They have a very good goaltender in Jonas Hiller (starred for Switzerland in the 2010 Winter Olympics) and a top forward line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Bobby Ryan. All three were also in the 2010 Olympics and they are big, powerful forwards so the Capitals defense has it’s work cut out for them.

The Ducks are 16-13-4 overall and currently reside in 6th place in the Western Conference. They have won their last two games and are 6-3-1 in their last 10 tilts. The Caps seek to halt a six game losing streak against Anaheim at the Verizon Center tonight (CSN HD, 7 pm).

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