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Sport Kassian has no regrets about Tkachuk altercation: 'I'd do it again'

23:05  14 january  2020
23:05  14 january  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Tkachuk thought his actions spoke for themselves. I have a feeling half the people in the league wouldn't go with that guy,” Tkachuk said. "I just think I ' d rather be out there than be in the [penalty] box with him, and I'm sure if you ask the rest of my teammates they'd rather [ have ] me out there instead of

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Zack Kassian isn't going to apologize anytime soon for his actions toward Matthew Tkachuk that warranted a two-game suspension.

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"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. He earned a double-minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct while Tkachuk got nothing.

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Tkachuk , meanwhile, said he has no regrets about his decision not to fight Kassian . “ It wasn't the right time to do it , against the right person. I have a feeling half the people in the league wouldn't go with that guy,” Tkachuk said. “I just think I ' d rather be out there than be in the (penalty) box with him

Tkachuk , meanwhile, said he has no regrets about his decision not to fight Kassian . '' It wasn't the right time to do it , against the right person. I have a feeling half the people in the league wouldn't go with that guy,'' Tkachuk said. ''I just think I ' d rather be out there than be in the (penalty) box with him

"I'm a big boy. I love big-boy hockey. But if you're gonna play big-boy hockey, you gotta answer the bell every once in a while," Kassian added. "I'm not crying about the hits, it's hockey, it's the game of hockey - it's rough.

"I thought they were a little bit on the blind side, but at the end of the day I've laid big hits like that, I've been hit like that - but two times is more than enough. You play with fire, eventually, you're gonna get burned, and he messed with the wrong guy and I don't think he realizes that we're in the same division and I have a great memory."

Kassian will be eligible to return from his suspension for the Oilers' game against the Flames on Jan. 29.

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