PITTSBURGH | It seemed like Arron Asham knew he was wrong minutes after making a taunting gesture following his decisive fighting victory over Jay Beagle. And while some in the Capitals’ locker room were upset about the incident, the Penguins tough guy was down the hall apologizing.
“It’s unfortunate the way the fight ended,” he said. “I obviously want to win, but I don’t want to go out there and hurt anyone.”
After knocking Beagle down with two straight rights, Asham made an “it’s over” gesture like an umpire ruling a runner safe and then a sleeping gesture.
“My gestures after it was done, I was into the game. It was uncalled for, classless on my part,” Asham continued. “I think that those guys over there know I’m not that kind of guy to be going off.
“It was a big game. I wanted to get my bench going – and classless move on my part.”
That’s an unequivocal apology from Asham, who did not receive an instigator on the play. Whether he will receive supplemental discipline from the NHL for the gestures remains to be seen.