As the Capitals-Penguins series intensifies, Jay Beagle and Phil Kessel might take their feud off the ice.
The Capitals forward challenged the Penguins forward to a Mario Kart battle to squash their beef and settle their differences relating to the hit that sidelined Sidney Crosby with a concussion.
The quarrel got off to a confusing start because of an incorrectly relayed quote, so let's go back to the beginning.
Following the Capitals' overtime victory in Game 3 on Monday, Kessel was asked about his captain's injury and how he felt about Beagle's comments that the playoffs "should be nasty." Kessel responded by criticizing Beagle for thinking the headshot Crosby endured courtesy of Capitals forward Matt Niskanen was a fair play.
“If he thinks that’s clean, then he’s an idiot,” Kessel told reporters after the game.
While Beagle never actually commented on the hit itself, he did find the insult amusing. When asked about Kessel’s remarks at the Capitals’ morning skate on Wednesday ahead of Game 4, Beagle issued the video game challenge.
“Ouch,” Beagle told reporters sarcastically. “That’s not very nice. … It hurts. I’m hurt deeply. If he wants to settle it, we could always play some Mario Kart. He knows where to find me. We’ll take it there.”
When asked to clarify once and for all if he thought the hit was clean, Beagle admitted it wasn't but said that's what playoff hockey is all about.
"No, no, obviously not," Beagle said. "I mean, just like Nisky [said], he didn’t mean to do it, right? So, obviously, it wasn’t a clean hit. But, I do think the playoffs are nasty, that’s why we love them right?"
Silly misunderstanding aside, we'd still love to see these players put their sticks down and launch some shells at each other.