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The Penguins visit Verizon Center on Dec. 1.

Ovechkin said he and Asham exchanged words but preferred to keep that conversation “just between me and him.” Asham said he reached out to former teammate Mike Knuble to check up on Beagle and apologize.

“I talked with Mike Knuble last night and made sure the kid was alright,” Asham said. “I told him I apologized for the stupid antics I did after. He knows what kind of guy I am.”

Knuble praised Asham pretty effusively after the game, calling him a “real honest player.” It seemed he earned the respect of many Caps players through his remorse. And now the Penguins tough guy hopes to move past this.

“I’m sorry about what happened. It’s part of the game,” he said. “I know it was wrong, what I did. It’s over and done with.”

But the Caps-Penguins rivalry is just getting heated up again.