PITTSBURGH | Jay Beagle looked good after a couple punches in his fight with Arron Asham, but when the Penguins tough guy got his punches in, it was over. The fight produced a scary scene as Beagle lay almost motionless on the ice.
After the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime victory, coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t really have an official update.
“You saw what I saw. He looked like he was out for a bit,” Boudreau said. “We’ll find out more [Friday].”
What we know is this:
Beagle had to be helped off the ice by teammates and went immediately down the tunnel. Fortunately for Beagle, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, he didn’t lose any teeth.
He could be seen walking around the locker-room area postgame with an ice pack on his mouth, which was bleeding after the fight.
And with so much concern about concussions in hockey, signs point to Beagle not suffering one from the fight. The grinding forward flew back to Washington with the team Thursday night.
As Mike Knuble point out, Asham did ease Beagle to the ice after his second punch ended the fight.
“It’s unfortunate the way it happened,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “Hopefully he’s not out for too long.”