Despite leading with his skate blade and making obvious contact, Kassian was not penalized on the play.
Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his kick on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak, per TSN's Bob McKenzie. "I was just trying to get my foot loose".
The replays and commentary spreading on Twitter, hockey's court of public opinion, do not cast Kassian in a positive light. "I was laying there awhile and I was trying to get my leg out and get moving", Kassian told reporters after the game.
Kicking with a skate blade is a matter the National Hockey League has to take seriously.
Kassian was suspended two games for rag-dolling Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk at the end of January. "I asked him what was wrong with him, because that's not the right play". "I think he was little bit mad".
"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". Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara received a $5,000 fine for cross-checking Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens in the throat on Wednesday in what first appeared to be a clear suspendible act. It was the second game in a row the Oilers have allowed a shorthanded goal.
Tampa Bay forward Yanni Gourde came back with a goal on a shorthanded breakaway. Only the Detroit Red Wings have conceded more, with 11. "It's always an issue to give up any goals".
"Crucial ones at a bad time, those ones are hard to come back against".