Carl Hagelin’s mic’d up segment in loss to Boston displays his leadership

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Carl Hagelin’s mic’d up segment displays his leadership originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Carl Hagelin is two weeks short of reaching the two-year mark with the Washington Capitals.

A relatively new addition on a veteran team in the post-Stanley Cup era, Hagelin has won plenty during his own career, notably Cups of his own with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and has plenty to say through the course of a game. 

The 32-year-old forward was mic’d up during what ended up being a 5-3 loss for his side against Boston on Monday. Here are some of the highlights from the audio:

“It’s so dangerous to get Pastrňák on a line change down there.”

We would agree, Carl. Bruins forward David Pastrňák makes his living in transition with open ice. He’s so good at it, in fact, that he tied Alex Ovechkin for most goals last season (48). It was Pastrňák’s first co-Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, as he became the first Bruin to lead the NHL in goals since the award was created in 1999.

In the game vs. Washington on Monday, Pastrňák tallied two goals to help his team rally from 3-0 down to win in regulation.

“Nice save, Vitek!”

Not exactly Shakespeare’s lost sonnet from Hagelin, but a display of solidarity for Capitals’ rookie goalie Vitek Vanecek is a quintessential example of a veteran bolstering a youngster’s confidence. After all, Vanecek earned the NHL Rookie of the Month Award for January posting a 5-0-2 record with a stellar .918 save percentage.

“You have to go get it that way to go this way.”

A man of few words, no doubt. And this sounds suspiciously like something Yogi Berra might have said. Still, proper puck control is one thing Hagelin is known for around the league. Complete with many a stick gesture, this tidbit he gave to teammate Garnet Hathaway must have resonated with the forward. Hathaway went on to assist on Zdeno Chara’s first-period goal.

“Hey, hey! His legs are on my knee!”

Out of context, this would sound really weird. However, at the moment it happened, Hagelin was simply trying to state his case to the official who looked on as Boston forward Brad Marchand tied Hagelin up on the ice. Marchand has a long and very weird history of getting under opponents’ skin. Hagelin was only trying to make the officials aware that he was not the aggressor in this particular instance.

“Come on, boys!”

Nothing special here. It would just be crazy to hear a mic’d up segment of a hockey player without hearing these three words. But words of encouragement nonetheless. Hagelin is always engaged in the game. 

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Pittsburgh
-106-1.5O 6.5
Washington
-112+1.5U 6.5