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Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Arron Asham: Jay Beagle is the one who initiated fight

Arron Asham apologized Thursday for his gestures after knocking out Capitals center Jay Beagle. But the Penguins winger said he wasn’t the one who initiated the fight.

“The thing is, I didn’t go up and ask him to fight,” Asham told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on Friday. “I told him to settle down [after Beagle punched Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang in the head]. He challenged me. He wanted to fight me.”

“I wasn’t going after him asking to fight,” he continued. “We had a power play. I was telling him to settle down and stop running around, or he was going to have to fight. He wanted to fight. It’s unfortunate that he got hurt. I don’t want to hurt anyone out there. I was revved up. I was pumped up. It was stupid on my part to be doing that [showboating]. I was trying to get my team going and get the crowd going.”

Beagle has not been available to comment since before the Capitals’ 3-2 overtime win against the Penguins on Thursday.

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