PITTSBURGH | Karl Alzner is one of the most politically correct, well-spoken players in the Capitals locker room. But after one of his good friends in Jay Beagle was hurt in a fight with Arron Asham, the young defenseman was noticeably agitated.
Alzner admitted he didn’t see the taunting gesture the Penguins tough guy made after knocking Beagle to the ice in a third-period fight. Then he had this to say:
“It doesn’t surprise me. I’m not surprised by a lot of things that happened. [Media relations director] Sergey [Kocharov] should probably listen to me talk here before I go stupid. Just some of the comments by their fans and stuff is just unbelievable. It’s classless. But I know that happens in fights. It’s really crappy to see. Have some class a little bit, ya know?”
Alzner was then asked about seeing Beagle (one career NHL fight coming in) facing off against Asham (88 career NHL fights coming in).
“That’s the way Beags is,” Alzner said. “He’s not going to back down from anybody. It’s unfortunate the way it happened. Hopefully he’s not out for too long. Asham’s doing his job. But I didn’t see what it did, but if he did do something, I expect more from him.”
In the home locker room, Asham said: “I was into the game. It was uncalled for, classless on my part. I think that those guys over there know I’m not that kind of guy to be going off.”
Full video of fight and aftermath, courtesy of HockeyFights.com: