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Sports Tkachuk says not fighting Kassian was ‘probably the right thing to do’

01:57  14 january  2020
01:57  14 january  2020 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Tkachuk: If Kassian 'doesn't want to get hit, stay off the tracks'

  Tkachuk: If Kassian 'doesn't want to get hit, stay off the tracks' Matthew Tkachuk had some advice for Zack Kassian after the Edmonton Oilers winger responded to a hard hit from the Calgary Flames forward with a series of pummeling blows. “If (Kassian) doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the tracks," Tkachuk said according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis.“If (Kassian) doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the tracks," Tkachuk said according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis. "I caught him three times there – you think he’d learn after the first one.

Kassian ripped off Tkachuk ’s helmet, followed him in the Flames’ zone, tore off his own gloves and started Some called Tkachuk ’s actions “turtling” and his refusal to fight cowardly, reflecting disputing views of The trade-off, I thought it wouldn’t have been the best thing to do at that point of the game.

Sneaks up behind Kassian twice with cowardly hits and turtles like a yellow wimp when Kass is facing him. I’m all for Kassian beating up Tkachuk but considering the circumstances that was a dumb selfish That was frustrating to watch. Chucky won the mind game. Probably the game plan going in.

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MONTREAL – Matthew Tkachuk stands by his decision to avoid fighting Zack Kassian Saturday.

In fact, he says a large number of NHLers would have done the same thing he did Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers tough guy.

“(Not fighting) was probably the right thing to do right there,” said Tkachuk Monday, following the Calgary Flames’ morning skate at Bell Centre. “If it was a different type of player, maybe. Maybe someone closer to me out there, maybe. But it wasn’t the right time to do it against the right person.”

A master at steering his way through controversies like these, one can read anything you’d like into “someone closer to me.”

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  Draisaitl: 'I'd probably get off the ice' if playing with Tkachuk at ASG Warning: Story contains coarse language. Leon Draisaitl doesn't plan on putting aside personal grudges at the 2020 All-Star Game. The Edmonton Oilers star said Monday that if he and teammate Connor McDavid have to play with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk at the three-on-three All-Star Game tournament, he would "probably get off the ice," according to the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson. Draisaitl, McDavid, and Tkachuk will all be members of the Pacific Divison All-Star team. The game will be played on Jan. 25 in St. Louis.Tkachuk ignited the Battle of Alberta rivalry on Saturday by taking multiple runs at Oilers forward Zack Kassian.

But Tkachuk wasn’t penalized for either hit. Kassian , meanwhile, received a misconduct and a double-minor Watch, as Perry takes what is probably the longest walk of shame back to the locker room. Stars head coach Rick Bowness, interviewed by NBC's Pierre McGuire during the game, said the refs

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Does he mean someone closer in skill, meaning he was taking another dig at the Oilers winger?

Or does he mean someone closer in terms of toughness?

“I have a feeling half the people in the league wouldn’t go with that guy,” he added, appearing to clarify himself somewhat. “I just think I’d rather be out there than in the box with him, and I’m sure if you ask my teammates they’d rather me out there than taken off the ice for however long with him.”

Tkachuk’s second of three targeted blasts on Kassian in the latest Battle of Alberta prompted the volatile Kassian to immediately drop the gloves in search of retribution. With two minutes left in the second period of a 3-3 game, he grabbed hold of Tkachuk and hammered him with with more than a half dozen lefts while the Flames star grasped his head in self defence, gloves firmly affixed to his hands.

Suspension for Oilers’ Kassian proves unpredictability of bans

  Suspension for Oilers’ Kassian proves unpredictability of bans It was anyone’s guess what the punishment would be for Zack Kassian after Saturday’s altercation with Matthew Tkachuk. Sportsnet’s Mark Spector offers a breakdown of the situation. The post WNBA, players reach tentative eight-year labour deal appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.We’re not saying George Parros’ people are always wrong. We are saying, however, that those who try to predict the length of the suspensions that the DoPS metes out usually are. (Including me.

Kassian is probably looking at a suspension similar to the two-game sentence tossed at Milan Lucic when he jumped Maybe the NHL will handle it the proper way and simply slap Kassian with a fine rather than a more draconian suspension for doing what many NHL players want to do to Tkachuk .

It’s one thing to stand up for yourself after taking a big hit from an opponent. It’s another thing to GOTTA SEE IT: Zack Kassian Ragdolls Matthew Tkachuk After Taking Multiple Massive Hits Watch as Zack Kassian gets the gate after continuing to throw punches at Ryan Lomberg after the linesmen

Once the violent exchange was over, Tkachuk calmly skated to the Flames bench while Kassian was ushered off to serve a two minors and a ten-minute misconduct, during which the Flames scored the game-winning goal.

Kassian has a hearing Monday with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to answer for his one-ice actions and, potentially, his off-colour comments post-game.

Asked if he felt vindicated by the hearing for Kassian, Tkachuk played dumb.

“I honestly haven’t really been paying attention to social media too much,” said Tkachuk, who is well-known to watch games and developments around the league closer than anyone. “That’s the first I’ve really heard of it.”

Should Kassian be suspended?

“It’s not my call,” he said. “I’m happy I don’t have to make those decisions. Those guys have a really tough job.”

Asked if he still considered Kassian a fourth liner, which he clearly isn’t anymore, Tkachuk wouldn’t bite.

“I have no comment for that.”

Tkachuk had plenty to say after the game, following up the heated affair with one of the quotes of the year:

“If he doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the tracks,” said the Flames winger of his second-favourite NHL target, whom he had refused to fight in similar fashion last year. “I caught him three times there – you think he’d learn after the first one. If he wants to react that way we’ll take the power play, we’ll take the game winner, and we’ll move on to first place.”

The Flames did take over tops in the Pacific Division with the win and will look to continue their five-game winning streak Monday night in Montreal to kick off a three game road swing that takes them through Toronto and Ottawa before the mandated break.

Report: NHL warns Flames, Oilers; Parros expected to attend rematch .
The NHL is talking to both the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers in an effort to ensure the Battle of Alberta doesn't get further out of hand. The NHL is talking to both the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers in an effort to ensure the Battle of Alberta doesn't get further out of hand.

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