Newly anointed Washington Capitals third-line center Jay Beagle didn’t play most of the third period in Sunday’s preseason finale because of what Coach Barry Trotz called a “slight” lower-body injury. Trotz said the Capitals kept him out of the game as a precaution, indicating the injury isn’t serious.

“He was going to play, and the trainer gave him the okay to play,” Trotz said. “I gave him a golden handshake to go to the dressing room.”

In his second game as the third-line center, where he’s expected to start on opening night, Beagle scored less than seven minutes in on a top-shelf wrist shot from the left faceoff dot, arguably the most impressive goal in Washington’s 6-2 win against the New York Islanders. That was Beagle’s only shot on goal, and he won 9 of 12 faceoffs. He played just one shift in the third period.