Sports Zack Kassian gets two games for pummelling Tkachuk, will return just in time for next Battle of Alberta

11:32  14 january  2020
11:32  14 january  2020 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

Flames, Oilers fans raise nearly $20,000 for charity after Tkachuk-Kassian skirmish

  Flames, Oilers fans raise nearly $20,000 for charity after Tkachuk-Kassian skirmish From fighting in the latest edition of the Battle of Alberta came some philanthropy, as Calgary and Edmonton fans made duelling donations as a result of the Zack Kassian-Matthew Tkachuk skirmish from Saturday.The Battle of Alberta got nasty on Saturday as Oilers forward Zack Kassian and Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk traded barbs during Calgary's 4-3 win over Edmonton.

Watch as Zack Kassian gets the gate after continuing to throw punches at Ryan Lomberg after the linesmen had stepped in to stop the fight.

Zack Kassian finally lost his cool after Matthew Tkachuk nailed him with another huge hit, resulting in the Oilers forward getting the better of his

a group of hockey players on the field: Oilers Zack Kassian and Flames Matthew Tkachuk battle in the second period during NHL action between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames in Calgary on Saturday, January 11, 2020.© Jim Wells Oilers Zack Kassian and Flames Matthew Tkachuk battle in the second period during NHL action between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames in Calgary on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

After an early-afternoon hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, it seemed inevitable that the Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian would be suspended. The pronouncement came down a few hours later: two games.

By the league’s interpretation, Kassian was the aggressor in a sequence that was actually started by Tkachuk, when the Flames’ pest drilled Kassian with a heavy blindside hit for the second time in the game. It’s fair to say that Kassian didn’t react too kindly to it, as he got up, grabbed his rival, and proceeded to rain punches down on him as teammates and even linesmen were loath to intercede.

It’s necessary to look at both hits for proper context.

In both cases Kassian was engaged with Mark Giordano behind the goal line when Tkachuk saw an opening, abandoned his normal defensive position at the hashmarks, took several quick strides and rattled the unsuspecting Oiler with a heavy hit. Hits that were considered dirty from a range of former players and officials from Jason Strudwick to Teemu Selanne, from Corey Hirsch to Paul Stewart, as reported by the Cult of Hockey ‘s David Staples here and here .

Draisaitl: 'I'd probably get off the ice' if playing with Tkachuk at ASG

  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.

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Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian effectively injected some juice into the Battle of Alberta over the weekend In a video announcing the two - game ban, the DoPS cited the aggressor rule and noted Tkachuk 's inability It's the first time that the NHL has featured a women's event at the All-Star Game .

Another voice was heard today when former Washington Capitals enforcer now broadcaster Al May spoke up on Oilers Now . “Those hits by Tkachuk crossed the line. He knew exactly what he was doing , and we’ve seen him with type of behaviour through his short career… I would say if that was Tom Wilson that threw that hit, Zack Kassian, Radko Gudas, Lucic ,those would have all been suspendable hits with five-minute majors handed out. I’m not saying this from an Oilers’ side or a Calgary side. When you look around the league, I think right now the Department of Player Safety has gotten it wrong so many times this year, it’s been their worst performance ever, and you never know what is right. I felt that both of those guys … if they were going to call one of those guys to the carpet, I feel they both should have had those hearings.”

“The first hit to the blocker side of the goaltender, even though his head was down, I know Tom Wilson threw that hit a couple of years ago, he got suspended for it. You’re supposed to [recognize] when a guy is in a vulnerable position… that type of behaviour, I think you have to be accountable for it in the National Hockey League. If the league department and the referees are not going to take care of it, then what do they expect? That’s when tempers flare, and that’s how people are going to get hurt.”

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

  Tkachuk says not fighting Kassian was ‘probably the right thing to do’ A master at steering his way through controversies like these, Matthew Tkachuk stood by his decision to avoid fighting Zack Kassian. The post Leafs’ attention to detail issues should be ‘easy to fix’ appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.In fact, he says a large number of NHLers would have done the same thing he did Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers tough guy.

Kassian will conveniently return to the Oilers in time for their next meeting with Tkachuk and the Flames. Kassian — in the league's eyes — violated Rule 46. 2 of the NHL rulebook as an aggressor when he dropped his gloves, took Tkachuk to the ice and pummeled him with punches after the

Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian has been suspended for two games , without pay, for violating Rule 46. 2 (Aggressor) during an altercation with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk during NHL Game No. 700 in Calgary on Saturday, Jan. 11, the National Hockey League's Department of Player

DOPS on the other hand went out of its way on Sunday to declare the hits legal, in the process establishing a precedent from the league office that might prove problematic the next time somebody gets hurt on a blindside hit below the goal line, as is inevitable.

What is beyond debate is that Kassian became incensed after the second lid-popping hit and chose to settle the matter right then and there. Tkachuk didn’t engage, even as he wasn’t given much choice. For his part, Kassian didn’t, or couldn’t, dis engage, and he continued to rain down punches even after it was painfully apparent Tkachuk wouldn’t drop the gloves. At that point the question became how severe would be the penalty, which turned out to be two minors, a misconduct, and a two-game suspension for Kassian, nothing at all for Tkachuk.

It’s a movie we’ve all seen before, indeed the same two players had a similar dust-up in Calgary just fourteen months ago.

The video shown here does not show what precipitated this eruption, but the outcome was similar, with Kassian receiving a triple minor and a misconduct, Tkachuk nothing. Calgary came from behind to win that game too. One would like to think “lesson learned” but evidently not.

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 , Tkachuk trade trash talk after the game . If you want to cut to the chase and just see some Tkachuk gets the check and mate, though. First, Tkachuk said that if Kassian doesn’t want to get hit Tkachuk turned the knife big time at the end of his statement, saying that if Kassian reacts and

Oilers forward Zack Kassian was suspended two games on Monday for his attack on Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk during Saturday night's game . Kassian took offense to a hit from Tkachuk late in the second period and threw off his gloves and started punching the Flames forward, also tossing

And wouldn’t you know, Kassian’s two-game ban will take him out of the line-up for this week’s games vs. Nashville and Arizona, but will see him return to the line-up for the (wait for it) Calgary at Edmonton game on Jan. 29 when the Oilers return from break. It will have been a 17-day vacation for the big winger by then, and it seems inevitable he’ll be loaded for bear (or maybe for turtle!). The two teams will square off again in Calgary on another Hockey Night in Canada showdown just three days later. All eyes will be on the two adversaries in what will be a serious test of the volatile Kassian’s discipline.

In the meantime the Battle of Alberta has turned nasty both on and off the ice as well as on “social” media where many combatants have engaged in their own wars of words since Saturday night’s explosive affair. It’s hard to imagine the temperature won’t have turned up another few degrees for those rematches at month’s end.

For now, the suspended Kassian will continue to occupy a spot on the 23-man roster, meaning the Oilers will have to replace him from within, or move another player on waivers in order to recall a replacement from the AHL.

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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 was handed a two - game suspension for his altercation with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk in a 4-3 loss on Saturday. He will return for the Oilers next game against the Flames on Jan. 29 at Rogers Place. Edmonton’s Zack Kassian has been suspended for two games under Rule

Kassian got two games , which is reasonable. Next game he plays will be against … the Flames. “He’s just a young punk that has to figure that aspect out in the game ,” Kassian said of Tkachuk after Saturday’s game , a 4-3 More from Sportsnet. Kassian and Tkachuk feud fuels Battle of Alberta .

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Kassian has no regrets about Tkachuk altercation: 'I'd do it again' .
Zack Kassian isn't going to apologize anytime soon for his actions toward Matthew Tkachuk that warranted a two-game suspension. "I'd do it again all over again," Kassian said to reporters when asked if he'd do anything differently. "Since I've been in minor midget I've stood up for myself and my teammates. People don't do that to me or my teammates when I'm out there. To me, those are two dangerous hits." The Edmonton Oilers forward got into an altercation with the Calgary Flames winger on Saturday. After two questionable hits from Tkachuk, Kassian engaged in a one-sided fight with him.

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