Asham calls gestures 'classless'
|Pens forward Arron Asham mocks Caps' Jay Beagle after knocking him to the ice and bloodying his face during a third period fight in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Jason Cohn)
Pittsburgh Penguins enforcer Arron Asham called the hand gestures following his fight with Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle a "classless move on my part."
At the 5:54 mark of the third period of the Capitals' 3-2 overtime win in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Asham connected with two rights to the jaw, with the second punch dropping the 25-year-old Beagle.
After Beagle was knocked down, Asham skated away and waved his arms like a boxing referee signalling a fighter has been knocked out and then put his hands together at the side of his head mimicking a person sleeping.
Beagle laid on the ice for several minutes, bleeding from the mouth and had to be helped off. He also pulled out a tooth on his way to the dressing room.
After the game, Asham was contrite when talking to reporters in the Pens' dressing room.
"My gestures after it was done ... it was uncalled for," said Asham. "Classless on my part.
"You know, I think those guys over there know that I'm not the kind of guy to be going off. It was a big game, I wanted to get my bench going. Classless move on my part."
It is unknown whether the NHL will take any disciplinary action against Asham for his gestures.