Precisely one month to the day after the Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian earned himself a two-game suspension for lighting up Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, he is seemingly in scorching water once more.
The eight-year NHL veteran was seen making an attempt to kick the Lightning’s Erik Cernak in the chest with his skate during a scrum in the primary interval of Thursday evening’s game in Tampa Bay.
MORE: All the pieces to know concerning the Tkachuk-Kassian feud
“He was holding my leg, it was reactionary, I was just trying to get him off me, kick him off,” Kassian said after the game. “If I kicked him hard, I think he would have flew back or the ref would have called a penalty. I was trying to get off and pull my leg off. He was holding me and Archie [Josh Archibald]down, I didn’t even know where the puck was. I was trying to pull my leg up and get up. It felt like we were there a lifetime, we were down there for a while.”
Cernak informed reporters he thought Kassian was “a little bit mad” during the incident and was grateful the Oiler’s skate wasn’t any larger.
#tblightning Erik Cernak on Oilers Kassian kicking him in chest with skate: I believe he was just a little bit mad. I requested him what was fallacious with him? As a result of thats not the appropriate play, what to do on the ice. He didnt say nothing. So I dont know. Fortunate it wasnt larger.
Joe Smith (@JoeSmithTB) February 14, 2020
It is from the primary time Kassian has dealt with disciplinary points in his profession. His first run-in with the league was again in 2013 as a member ofthe Vancouver Canucks, when he was suspended for the primary 5 video games of the 2013-14 season for an intentional high-stick. He was suspended once more for 3 video games later that season after a unclean hit on Dallas’ Brenden Dillon.
Kassian additionally sat out 32 video games in the 2015-16 seasonduring a stint with Montrealfor substance abuse points unrelated to on-ice conduct.Any suspension he receives for Thursday’s incident could be the fifth of his profession.
Ought to Kassian be suspended for the rest of the season, he would miss out on a rematch with Calgaryin the “Battle of Alberta” on the ultimate day of the marketing campaign. He and Tkachuk dropped the gloves in the rivalry’s newest installment simply over two weeks in the past.