On Friday, April 2, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-0. But during the game, there was some heated action amongst certain players. Anaheim Ducks star forward Troy Terry was brutally beaten by Arizona Coyotes Jay Beagle, who cross-checks the Bedford kid, Trevor Zegras.
Zegras and Terry came in on the net with the Ducks leading the Coyotes 5-0 with less than three minutes to play and slipped a puck past Josef Korenar’s glove. Zegras was then cross-checked in the back by Beagle. Terry (a 5-11, 185-pounder) came over to defend Zegras, and Beagle (a 6-foot-3, 210-pound center) repeatedly punched Terry until he fell to the ice after a high hit. Beagle kept going from there, looking for another sparring partner in Cam Fowler before the referees finally sent him off the ice.
Words From Zegras Towards Beagle
“I think it’s embarrassing, I think it’s a bad look for the league, and for the player that did it, I think it’s a bad look and he should be f—ing punished,” Zegras said, according to PHNX Coyotes. “[The puck] was 100 percent loose. I get that you’re going to hit me in the back, but you don’t punch a guy when he’s down, especially a 31-goal scorer in the NHL who’s a superstar.”
“I take that shot, and [Terry] comes in to help me,” Zegras said. “[And] I’m not going to name the [other] player, but I get that he’s going to punch [Terry] maybe once, but the fact that he’s down and he’s not engaged in a fight, you’re going to hit him three more times? I think it’s embarrassing. I think he should be embarrassed. … I’m embarrassed it even got that far.
I appreciate Troy sticking up for me because that’s nonsense cross-check with two minutes left in a 5-0 game. I’m embarrassed for whoever that was — I’m not going to say his name — and I think the league should step in here and do something about it.”
Terry and Zegras
Terry leads Anaheim with 57 points in 64 games this season, and Zegras follows him with 50 points in 63 games. Even though he’s a rookie, Zegras hasn’t been afraid to show off. In January, he famously pulled off “The Michigan” with teammate Sonny Milano, and earlier on Friday, he scored another lacrosse-style goal for the second time this year.
Words From Ducks Head Coach Dallas Eakins
“[He’s a] coward,” Eakins said, according to The OC Register. “It was cowardly. [Terry] was cut wide open and basically defenseless. Not a good sight. There was a scrum at the front of the net and usually, that just turns into a scrum, and our 31-goal scorer is there. I’ve coached Troy Terry for four years now and I’ve never seen him in any kind of a fight. A guy who’s got two goals is pounding away on him. It’s not a good look.”
My Opinion On Beagle
I believe that it’s completely unethical for any professional athlete to beat an opponent up continuously. Yes, it’s hockey, and yes, there are fights, but what happened between Beagle and Terry was not a fight. The Ducks didn’t have any big guys out on the ice to help defend Zegras and Terry. Beagle kept going at Terry when he could clearly see that Terry wasn’t responding back.
There has been no official announcement on the matter yet, but a hearing has been scheduled for Arizona’s Nick Ritchie and Anaheim’s Kevin Shattenkirk in a separate incident during Friday’s game.
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