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Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

Posted on: October 14, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 5:04 pm
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By Brian Stubits

Nothing like a fight to get things riled up once again in the NHL.

Arron Asham's knockout of Jay Beagle in last night's Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals game has been the talk of the day, the soup de jour. The fight itself was noteworthy enough. After getting his right hand free, Asham threw two punches square to Beagle's face, dropping him to the ice a bloody mess.

Obviously what took it from there to a bigger story altogether were Asham's actions immediately after the fight. On his way to the penalty box, he motioned that it was over and then did a go-to-sleep sign. Very soon Asham realized the severity of the injury for Beagle and was seen tapping the glass in support. He was further apologetic after the game.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who was yelling at Asham from the penalty box while serving Beagle's two-minute minor, wasn't happy in the postgame.

“It’s a fight. It’s hockey game but again it was pretty tough. Beagle, like, he’s just first-year NHL,” Ovechkin said Thursday night. “Asham, I don’t know if he knows that or not, but just put him on the ice,” Ovechkin said. Beagle is “not a fighter, it’s not his job to fight. I don’t know, it looked kind of not respectful for players on different team. I don’t know what people think, but I think it’s not respectful.”

Well that got the attention of Asham. The Penguins tough guy, who reached outto the Caps' Mike Knuble to apologize to Beagle, wasn't willing to take that from the Ovie without a retort.

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“I don’t know what Ovie’s talking about, disrespectful,” Asham told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “A guy who throws his stick down and warms his hands over it. He is being a hypocrite himself. The rivalry is back. I’m sure the next game is going to have a lot of fireworks.

"I woke up this morning feeling pretty stupid. Guys make mistakes. Mine could have been a lot worse than some of the mistakes that go on. I held him up at the end so he didn't smash his face up.

"I didn't know he was unconscious. I obviously want to win the fight but I don't want to hurt anyone. The thing is, I didn't go up and ask him to fight. I told him to settle down. He challenged me. He wanted to fight me."

I wasn't aware that the Penguins-Capitals rivalry had gone anywhere to the point that it's back, as Asham says, but this did solidify Dec. 1's rematch in Washington as must-see TV. After sitting out as a scratch the first three games of the season, it's probably safe to say D.J. King will be in the lineup for the Caps that day.

Meanwhile, Capitals defenseman John Carlson, only 21, took to Twitter to share some of his frustrations. After simply tweeting "#JayBeagle83", he was chirped back by a Penguins fan. Carlson's response? "Go screw yourself u mutant." Well, there's no doubting Twitter gets fans closer to athletes than every before.

Rivalries make the world go round. And in hockey, this has become one of the best and most intense out there. Now we just have some logs for the fire.

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Comments

Since: Apr 30, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

I never said the Islanders didn't suck, now.  But it is nice to think of the glory days.  I doubt that they will get the cup back any time soon.  I may be dead before they do.  But I do love watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs every year.  There is nothing else like it!



Since: Apr 30, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

I just hope for your sake, Ravens98, that they win a cup sometime before you die.  A new coach might help.  Big fat baby face needs to go.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:04 am
 

Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

that's "keep", sorry for typo.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:03 am
 

Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

    Hockeyfan, good for you that you do remember those years.  I will give them credit, they were a real juggernaut back in the day.   I noticed that you had nothing to say about the rest of my post and THAT is the truth these days.  Kepp living in the past, it's all you have.  You have a nice day, also!  :)



Since: Apr 30, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:05 pm
 

Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

hockeyfan773, no one gives a crap about the 4 cups the Isles won in the early 80's.  Are you even old enough to remember them?
Actually, I am old enough to remember them, and the score would be 4 cups to ZERO!!!!! "You can't handle the truth!"  And, you can't take the heat, so get out of the kitchen!  Have a nice day.{#emotions_dlg.laughing}



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

Let Ovagkin keep yappin. Hopefully he'll be the next punk to get knocked out.



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

The mocking was disgraceful however he has reached out to apologize unlike Gillies 



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

Dont the Pens ever learn. Acting like that and showboating after a fight... I've seen this story before. Last year when Johnson knocked out Dipietro and the whole Pens roster were all lauging on the bench. I believe they got beaten soundly the next time they played the Isles and it was the pens crying that the isles were too rough after that game. I recall Gillies mocking tangredi from outside the rink. You'd think that the pens would learn to act professional after knocking someone out.



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

The fact of the matter is Beagle dropped the gloves with a true fighter.  I've seen Asham fight in person as an Islander and a Flyer.  He's no joke.  If you drop the gloves against him, you are probably going to get beat up.  I really can't fathom what Beagle was thinking.  With the way Ovie plays, he should drop the gloves every once in a while.  He's all dirt and no cleanup. 




Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Asham calls Ovechkin hypocrite, expects fireworks

hockeyfan773, no one gives a crap about the 4 cups the Isles won in the early 80's.  Are you even old enough to remember them?  The Caps have treated the Isles like a dirty rug for years now, spanking them on a regular basis.  Enjoy the Isles while they are still on LI because if they don't get a deal on a new arena or improvements to Nassau, they'll leave for greener pastures.  Enjoy another sh!tty season, loser!


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