The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins renewed pleasantries on Thursday night, and while the Caps may have won the game, it was the Pens who won the war.
James Neal scored twice for Pittsburgh and Alex Ovechkin notched his first goal of the season for Washington in the 3-2 overtime win, but none of the post game conversation centered on either of those things.
All people wanted to talk about afterwards was the game’s only fight, a short scrap between Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham and Jay Beagle of the Caps.
Beagle got Asham’s attention with about six minutes gone in the third stanza when he gave Pens defenceman Kris Letang a bit of a retaliatory shot along the boards. Within seconds, the mitts hit the ice and we had ourselves a good old-fashioned donnybrook!
The Caps fourth-liner got things going with a crisp right hand, then missed with two more as the pair spun around just outside the Pittsburgh blue line. As Asham tried to shake the elbow pad off of his right arm, Beagle got him with three more shots (well, two and a half), including a pretty nice looking one to the side of the helmet. If that was where it had ended, there wouldn’t be much to talk about, but things quickly turned in the Portage la Prairie product’s favour. (VIDEO after the jump…) (more…)