Found December 02, 2011 on On Frozen Blog:
The John Erskine vs. Arron Asham fight in the first period of Thursday’s Caps-Pens game seemed self-explanatory: it looked like retaliation for Asham’s lambasting of Capitals forward Jay Beagle in October and his classless gesture afterwards. But Erskine, after Thursday’s game, was sticking to the mantra that the fight wasn’t related to the earlier Beagle incident. “It was just a fight, trying to get the crowd into it. We went down 1-nothing there,” Erskine said. No argument about the sequence of events—moments before the fight, the Pens had just scored the game’s first goal, on which, ironically, Asham got an assist.  So Erskine’s explanation makes sense. But it still seems like a too-good-to-be-true coincidence for Caps fans.  And the fight finished in Erskine’s favor, so justice seemed to be done. No matter. Erskine insists it was about Thursday’s game. “I know Asham,” Erskine said, then added, “Whatever happened with Beags, it happened between them.” At another point

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