PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 13: Arron Asham #45 of the Pittsburgh Penguins mixes it up with Jay Beagle #83 of the Washington Capitals during the game at Consol Energy Center on October 13, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Capitals defeated the Penguins in overtime 3-2. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Penguins' Arron Asham Apologizes For Celebration After Knockout Punch

Arron Asham apologized for what he called a "classless" celebration following his knock out of Capitals forward Jay Beagle on Thursday night.

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Why Do Hockey Players Fight?

Arron Asham beat up Jay Beagle Thursday night. I enjoyed watching it. You probably did too. And that's the only reason why fighting still exists in ice hockey.

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Arron Asham Apologizes For Post-Fight Celebration

Arron Asham's post-fight celebration after his take down of Jay Beagle on Thursday night did not look good, and the Penguins tough guy knows it. Following the game when speaking with the media, Asham apologized for the stunt, in which he raised his hands to his head in a "I put him to sleep" gesture.

All the while, Beagle was lying on the ice behind, blood dripping out of his mouth. Via NHL.com:

Saying it was "classless," Asham apologized for mocking Beagle after dropping him with two punches in Washington's 3-2 overtime win. "It's unfortunate the way the fight ended," Asham said. "I wanted to win but I didn't want to go out and hurt anyone. It was uncalled for."

The Capitals were not happy with the fact that Asham dropped the gloves with Beagle, who had been called for a roughing penalty just prior to the fight after a little scuffle with Pens' defenseman Kris Letang. That incident, initiated by Letang, was the reason Asham stepped up to fight Beagle, who obliged.

Alex Ovechkin called the fight "disrespectful" considering Beagle's lack of fighting experience and history in comparison to Asham's impressive resume in the department. 

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