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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