That’s exactly what every coach should tell his players who don’t fight in the NHL. And last night Washington Capitals’ Jay Beagle learned first hand what it’s like to fight in the NHL.
Jay Beagle clearly wanted to fight Arron Asham of the Pittsburgh Penguins and I can guarantee he regretted every second of it. Beagle held his own for a little while but not soon after, Asham delivered the two monstrous blows that Asham can deliver and sent Beagle to the ice in an instant.
But what made NHL news today was the fact that Asham made a “sleeping” gesture towards the fans after the fight. And honestly I see nothing wrong with this at all. It’s called adrenaline in this fast paced game called hockey. If you ever played hockey you know exactly what I am talking about.
Asham is paid to be an agitator and a fighter, and he is good at it. So for any player to square off with him has to take into consideration this is what he does in the NHL, he fights.
Now for all of you Anti-Fighting “fans”, let me ask you this. Is it right for Alex Ovechkin to jump around like a little kid every time he scores? Or even when he hit the 50 goal mark he made the “too hot” to touch stick gesture. Is this allowed in the NHL?
If you said yes, then why is it not right for Asham to make a “sleeping” gesture after winning a fight?
HE IS PAID TO FIGHT! LIKE OVECHKIN IS PAID TO SCORE!
I understand how the NHL is trying to eliminate the head shots completely out of the game, but as we all saw last night there is still one gray area for that rule. If the NHL continues to leave fighting in the game, which I believe they should, any person engaging in the fight is putting themselves at risk of a head shot.
As for Asham apologizing, I understand why he did it so he most likely doesn’t get put into the Cooke or Avery category, but there was no reason for that apology. After all, Beagle dropped the gloves knowing Asham is a fighter.
As for Jay Beagle, I hope he now knows not to drop the gloves if he can’t handle it. I also hope he recovers from the fight.
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