Didn’t see that one coming.
About six minutes into the third period with the Capitals holding to a 2-1 lead, Asham didn’t like how Beagle roughed up Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang. So, he decided to step in and dance with Beagle.
Beagle appeared to be in control of the fight, landing a couple solid shots. However, a fight can end after one or two solid punches.
A right hand from Asham landed firmly to the jaw of Beagle, knocking him out. You could see the remorse on his face after he realized how injured Beagle was.
He didn’t intend to injure Beagle, if that makes any sense whatsoever in a fight.
“It’s no different than ‘Ovie’ throwing his stick down and rubbing his hands over it,” Asham said. “It’s a part of the game. I didn’t want to hurt the kid but it’s just the way it happens.”
Following the fight, Asham decided to gesture that he Beagle is out cold. I don’t like the "go to sleep" taunting motion from Asham, but he isn’t a dirty player.
“I was excited and [the gesture] was uncalled for,” Asham said. “You try to get the crowd into the game and it’s kind of classless on my part, I wish I could take that back.”
At least he acknowledged that the taunting was uncalled for.
Washington went on to win the game 3-2 in overtime.