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Fightin’ words: Arron Asham calls Alex Ovechkin a “hypocrite”

Oct 14, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

Alex Ovechkin, Tyler Kennedy AP

Last night’s Pens-Caps game from Pittsburgh not only generated a lot of talk because of Arron Asham‘s take-down and taunting of Jay Beagle, but also thanks to Alex Ovechkin‘s big words after the game calling out Asham for his tactics.

Leave it to Asham to not leave well enough alone with the day’s hot-button topic, according to’s Chuck Gormley.

Asham declared that the “rivalry is back” between the Capitals and Penguins and that Ovechkin is a “hypocrite” for what he said relating to the situation. Those are some big words coming from a part-time enforcer and full-time grind line player like Asham.

This is nothing new in the grand scheme of things. One guy does something the other team doesn’t like at all and the opposing team responds to the verbal quips in kind. The talk of the Pens-Caps rivalry being “back on” is a bit surprising on its own since… We had no idea it was actually off.

It’s not like this is Red Wings-Avalanche in the grand scheme of things, the Pens and Caps are still as cutthroat as ever. Just think to last spring when Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke caught Ovechkin with a questionable knee-on-knee hit. The blood boiled over just as much then as it is now. If you thought these two Eastern superpowers had gone quietly into that good night, you’ve been paying attention to the wrong people.

  1. ll8078 - Oct 14, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    15 yard penalty in the NFL in the game. And now a 15k fine.

    Exactly why I love hockey. And Asham should worry about winning games instead of trying to talk down a player 10 times better who plays very well when pissed off.

  2. jpelle82 - Oct 14, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    i dont see ovechkin taunting people and i dont really see how he could be viewed as “unrespectful”. asham tapped the glass and showed respect when he got to the box and realized beagle was hurt so i though 8’s comments were a little whiny in the first place. ovechkin’s over the top celebrations are annoying and he has been always been reckless (suspensions to prove it) but maybe asham is referring to words shared on the ice we dont know about? i dont get it. shoulda left it alone

  3. blastfurnaceknows - Oct 14, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    It is Ovechkin who should have kept his mouth shut. Asham fought and beat someone who roughed up one of his linemates. He made a stupid and regrettable gesture afterwards and before knowing that his fallen foe was injured. He tapped his stick when said foe got to his feet, he apologized afterwards, reportedly checked on the guy post-game and even went so far as to call his own gesture stupid and classless. End of story. But, no Ovechkin, who is as dirty a player as there is in the league, and who NEVER apologizes for a thing, complains about . . . the gesture, right? No, the fight. Gigantic, “gets-swept-when-the-pressure’s on” hypocrite.

    • ll8078 - Oct 14, 2011 at 7:05 PM

      aren’t captains supposed to talk when something like that happens? Ovie has every right. Asham doesn’t.

      Your not doing your job as captain if you just let everything slide. You get shipped out to LA if that happens (Richards)

      • tk1966 - Oct 14, 2011 at 7:53 PM

        “aren’t captains supposed to talk when something like that happens? ”

        Remember what you just said when Crosby talks…and you get in line to call him a whiner…

        At that time we’ll all be calling you the hypocrite.

      • ll8078 - Oct 14, 2011 at 8:48 PM

        Ovechkin is whining. I don’t know who said he wasn’t?

        it certainly doesn’t bother me as much when a player says a one liner to the media as compared to someone chasing down officials like Crosby always does.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM

        ovechkin whines to the refs as much if not more than crosby…thats the captain’s job

    • stakex - Oct 14, 2011 at 8:13 PM

      The fact that he tapped his stick on the glass does not take back the fact he taunted a guy who was laying on the ice bleeding, and it was very disrespectful… which is exactlly what Ovechkin said. He was asked about it, and he gave an honest (and correct) opinion. Asham on the other hand went out of his way to call out Ovechkin. Funny thing is, I can remember a time in which Ovechkin knocked a guy out and then proceeded to celebrate/taunt the guy while he layed bleeding on the ice. Hypocrit? Not even close.

      As for Ovechkin being “as dirty a player as there is in the league”, care to back up that horribly ignorant statement with some proof? I can think of exactlly two occasions in which Ovechkin crossed the “dirty” line (for which he was suspended)… and its clear neither of them was with intent. With that in mind, your saying hes on par with a guy like Matt Cooke? Cooke has been suspended several times for intentional hits (often to the head)… and has a slew of other dirty plays that he was not suspended for (including his headshot that endeds Savards career). Your saying Ovechkin is as dirty as Matt Cooke? Wow… thats so ignorant its not even funny.

      Its clear you just have a problem with Ovechkin, and your comment is wrong and pointless. Success breeds hate I guess.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM

        “Success breeds hate I guess.” Two words: Lebron James.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:04 PM

        two more words…Sidney Crosby

      • blastfurnaceknows - Oct 17, 2011 at 8:51 AM

        2 more words: What success?
        2 more words: No Cups.
        3 last words for you, sir, Caps fan, and your rudderless team: Same as always.

      • m1k3g - Oct 19, 2011 at 5:57 PM

        “As for Ovechkin being “as dirty a player as there is in the league”, care to back up that horribly ignorant statement with some proof? I can think of exactlly two occasions in which Ovechkin crossed the “dirty” line (for which he was suspended)… and its clear neither of them was with intent. ”

        He’s got a whole damn highlight reel of knee on knee hits. And on top of that, this clown Ovechkin has NO f*****g room to talk when it comes to sportsmanship and respect. The guy has a poor reputation for a reason.

        You think it’s because he’s successful? You’re delusional.

        At least Sid will drop the gloves to stick up for himself and his teammates. Maybe you consider yapping your trap in the safety of a penalty box (or to media after the game) ways of being an effective leader, but I bet most fans would disagree.

        Blastfurnaceknows hit the nail right on the head.

  4. kingjoe1 - Oct 14, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Absurd. The dude gets his clocked cleaned, for being punk and NOW everyone is upset? Isnt the object of tussling is to WIN? The Caps dude probably went out and got himself a pinklady after the game. Ovechkin probably had one himself.

    • stakex - Oct 14, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      Hmm? Your post doesn’t make much sense since no one is saying anything about the fact Beagle got his ass kicked…. only Ashams actions afterwards. Of course the point of fighting is to win the fight.

      • kingjoe1 - Oct 15, 2011 at 12:07 AM

        I dont think you have watch any mainstream media.

  5. ll8078 - Oct 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    I dont think Penguins fans would react the same if Steckel would of made the same reaction while Crosby was laying on the ice during the Classic…..

    • jmv5010 - Oct 15, 2011 at 8:16 AM

      You’re not comparing an incidental collision to a fight, are you? Really?

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 15, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    I’m surprised that people are chastising Ovi for speaking up on behalf of his teammate. That’s what a captain does. Did Asham do anything immoral? No. Just a taunt that was performed at the wrong time. But when you see your teammate laying face down and bloodied, wouldn’t you say something? Ovi did the right thing. I’d have a problem if Ovi didn’t say anything.

  7. blkeskimo1785 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    This is turning into a bigger than it needs to be. Next game between these two teams is Dec. 1st.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:32 AM

      bigger deal*

  8. trbowman - Oct 15, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    “Asham declared that the “rivalry is back” between the Capitals and Penguins.”

    I didn’t know it was gone.

  9. rsl22 - Oct 15, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    It’s hard to have a rivalry when one team always wins….Caps 11-0-2 in last 13 games against Pens.

    • dowhatifeellike - Oct 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      I wish I could give this 10 thumbs up.

    • jpelle82 - Oct 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM

      playoffs are all that matters. caps fans and the media created the rivalry over the ovechkin vs crosby idiocy. as a pens fan in 30 years i have never considered the caps a rival or this as a rivalry. sour grapes by the caps fans created it in the last 5 years

      • jpelle82 - Oct 15, 2011 at 12:46 PM

        7 out of 8 playoff series in the penguins favor would be a lop-sided rivalry rsl22. caps fans seem to have long term memory loss when it comes to the history of these teams.

      • rsl22 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        I’m not gonna deny the playoffs, and it was obvious someone would bring that up. But the regular season does matter, or else you wouldn’t be reading prohockeytalk and posting on blogs. I’m sure the winter classic mattered to you.

        I definitely hope Caps face pens in playoffs this year; if we ever do get a cup win in DC, wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t beat pens on the way.

  10. jpelle82 - Oct 15, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    winter classic was just another regular season game dude. 2 pts at stake. and the regular season does matter, you’re right, especially when we play the flyers, islanders, rangers, and devils…you know…our division. its fun to hear from caps fans who just found out there’s a team in washington though…thanks

  11. babykaby - Oct 17, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    For those Pens fans who say there is no rivalry. Pens players themselves have stated they circle the games against the Caps on their schedules. You might want to watch 24/7 again if you don’t believe me. Apparently the Pens players know a rivalry even if their fans don’t. Also, any competitor wants to win every game. Regular season, playoffs, it doesn’t matter. A competitor wants to win, win, win.

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