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Arron Asham Knocks Out Jay Beagle, Proceeds To Taunt Him (Video)
With all of the attention surrounding the issues of fighting, headshots and concussions in hockey these days, the last thing the NHL needed was what transpired in Pittsburgh last night during a game between the Penguins and the Washington Capitals.
Approximately six minutes into the third period, the Pens’ Arron Asham and the Caps’ Jay Beagle dropped the gloves in the neutral zone and engaged in a mutually agreed upon fight, which was won by Asham after he knocked Beagle out cold with two devastating right hands. That was just the beginning.
With an unconscious Beagle laying face-down on the ice, Asham made a gesture to the crowd, informing them that he had just finished off his opponent and put him to sleep. It was done in the heat of the moment, but it certainly did not sit well with many of the Caps players, and even Asham was able to admit that it was a “classless” gesture when he reflected on it during a post-game interview. He had the following to say about it:
“It’s unfortunate the way the fight ended. I obviously want to win but I don’t want to go out there and hurt anyone. My gesture after it was done – I was into the game – it was uncalled for; classless on my part. I think those guys know I’m not that kind of guy to be going off, but it was a big game, I wanted to get my bench going, and classless move on my part.”
Beagle was eventually taken off the ice with the help of his teammates and trainers, and he did not return to the game.
As for Asham, although we’ll applaud him for apologizing and owning up to his mistake, what’s done is done, and I wouldn’t expect the Caps players to forget that come December 1st when the two teams meet again in Washington.
Here is a look at the fight and the ensuing taunt.