One of the great rivalries in hockey today is officially back on with the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins renewing hostilities on Thursday night. We thought this rivalry had died a little with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the shelf for a majority of last season, but Aaron Asham stirred the pot once again. With his post-fight antics after he left a bloody Jay Beagle on the ice, he let it be known the Caps/Pens rivalry was very awake.
Asham admitted his actions were classless, but also had some choice words for Alex Ovechkin after he called Asham's actions disrespectful:
"I don't know what Ovie's talking about, disrespectful. A guy who throws his stick down and warms his hands over it. He is being a hypocrite himself. The rivalry is back. I'm sure the next game is going to have a lot of fireworks."
We wonder how Ovechkin will celebrate the next time he scores against the Pens. Will he keep it casual and show Asham he's grown up? Or will he physically pull out lighter fluid and matches and light his stick on fire at centre ice? Regardless, we're looking forward to December 1st in Washington, especially if Sidney Crosby is in the line-up.