Anaheim Ducks' Trevor Zegras angers Coyotes vet Jay Beagle with blindside cross-check
April 3, 2022
Following an on-ice argument during Friday night's game, Anaheim's Trevor Zegras had some choice words for Arizona's Jay Beagle. With less than three minutes remaining, the Ducks were up 5-0 on the Coyotes when Zegras and teammate Troy Terry came in on goal and attempted to slip a puck past goalkeeper Josef Korenar.
The Oilers have won nine straight games at home (39-25-5, 83 points). They do, however, start a three-game trip across California on Sunday, beginning with a road game against Anaheim (28-30-12, 68 points), with the goal of snapping a five-game road losing streak (0-3-2).
Furthermore, despite their third consecutive win, the Oilers are well aware that a repeat of Friday's 6-5 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues is not a prescription for success. The Oilers took a 4-1 lead in the first period and led 5-3 heading into the third, but they needed Connor McDavid's 12th career OT goal to prevail.
What happened was an issue that the Oilers have had for a long time: poor defensive play. In addition, a Blues squad that was embarrassed by their weak start took advantage of the situation.
The Oilers are on fire offensively, despite their troubles holding leads. Hyman has six points in a five-game skid (3-3-6), while Leon Draisaitl has 20 points in 11 games (11-9-20).
In addition to halting an 11-game losing streak (0-8-3), Ducks rookie forward Trevor Zegras scored his 17th goal of the season in a lacrosse-style goal for the second time this season.
Instead of joy, the Ducks left the arena concerned for leading scorer Troy Terry, who was bloodied during a scuffle by Arizona's Jay Beagle, who had three inches and 25 pounds on Anaheim's emerging star. Terry's face was swollen around his left eye and he needed multiple sutures.
Beagle, Terry receive penalties
Jay Beagle brutally attacked Ducks player Troy Terry, who is noticeably lighter than him, in the third period, striking him multiple times in the face, resulting in a large amount of blood. Both players received fighting penalties, but Beagle received a cross-checking penalty as well as a game misconduct. Terry eventually had to leave the ice and try to stop the bleeding by covering his face with a towel.
Beagle first cross-checked Ducks star Trevor Zegras, then began punching Terry as soon as he entered the room. It was a terrifying scene. It's unclear whether Terry sustained any serious injuries, but the fact that he was dripping blood isn't a good omen.
Terry is having a tremendous season with the Ducks, having scored 31 goals and adding 26 assists in 64 games. He has 57 points to lead the team. Zegras, one of the NHL's brightest rising stars, with 17 goals and 33 assists to his credit.
Anaheim is now out of the playoff picture, but Terry and Zegras are unquestionably the team's future leaders. Terry had only intended to come in and defend his teammate, but things turned ugly instead.