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Asham apologizes for post-fight gesture

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Arron Asham said his mocking of Capitals center Jay Beagle after sending him to the ice with two punches was "classless."

The pair dropped gloves in the third period of Washington's 3-2 overtime win Thursday.

Asham skated away from a floored Beagle before motioning a knockout to the crowd and clasping his hands together like a pillow to suggest that he had put his opponent to sleep.

While Beagle left the game bleeding, Asham later apologized for his behavior.

"Obviously, I want to win, but I don't want to go out there and hurt anyone," Asham said, according to the Washington Post. "My gestures after it was done, I was into the game. It was uncalled for, classless on my part. I think those guys over there know I'm not that kind of guy to be going off, but it was a big game -- I wanted to get my bench going. Classless move on my part."

Washington captain Alex Ovechkin agreed, labeling Asham's conduct "not respectful."

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