Oilers' Kassian suspended two games

Ruben Hill
January 15, 2020

The NHL's Department of Player Safety announced a two-game suspension for Kassian on Monday as a result of his aggressive, violent antics during Calgary's 4-3 win over Edmonton on Saturday.

Late in the second period at the Saddledome, with the game tied 3-3, Kassian reached his personal enough when Tkachuk drilled him into the boards and sent his helmet flying.

Kassian will miss games against the Nashville Predators Tuesday night and a Thursday night matchup against the Montreal Canadiens.

The next time the Oilers play the Flames is in Edmonton on January 29, which also happens to be Kassian's first game back.

The Tkachuk vs. Kassian clash, which unfolded before a national audience on the most recent Hockey Night in Canada, is the talk of the hockey world at the moment, injecting a new dose of hatred into the Battle of Alberta and re-igniting a previously fledgeling rivalry.

"I'd probably get off the ice", he said.

"I've put that in the memory bank but clear or dirty if somebody takes a run at me on my blindside...since I've been in minor midget (hockey) I've stood up for myself and my teammates". He's in a vulnerable position. Anybody who's been in the game a long time knows they're predatory hits. Guys like Raffi Torres and Steve Downie were getting 15 game suspensions for hits like that. "If [Kassian] was a different type of player, maybe [I would have]".

When asked what he would do if asked to share the ice with Tkachuk during the 3-on-3 tournament, Draisaitl said: "Probably get off the ice".

Kassian clearly felt that Tkachuk hit him in a vulnerable spot and made too much head contact on the collision, and things got a bit heated. To him, they warranted a response. Am I going to see Looch (Milan Lucic) coming around the net and am I going to target his head?

"It's a huge respect thing".

"It is important to note that at no point does Tkachuk have an opportunity to square up, drop his gloves, or do anything other than attempt to protect himself from the punches thrown", the league said in a video ruling posted on their website.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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