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Friday, May 4, 2012
Beef jerky and bison burgers on menu for Caps

By Katie Strang

While the Rangers split into two groups for Thursday's off-day activities -- one went to see "The Hunger Games" movie in IMAX, the other visited Arlington National Cemetery -- the Capitals hunkered down at home to re-charge and re-fuel after Wednesday's grueling 114:41-minute triple-overtime stunner.

Catching up with the Capitals at their practice facility Friday, Scott Burnside found a myriad of interesting items on the menu. Center Jay Beagle, who played 30:15 in Washington's heartbreaking 2-1 loss, gobbled up protein-rich snacks in attempt to re-gain some of the weight dropped in the epic match.

"Ate a lot of beef jerky and steak and bison burger. I went over to Karl's for some bison burgers -- a lot of good fats, avocados, nuts. Even made a couple of nasty shots of olive oil and avocado oil, stuff like that,” Beagle said, referring to teammate Karl Alzner, who was in charge of grilling up bison burgers for some teammates.

Read more about Washington's day of recuperation in Burnside's Cross Checks blog here.