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Video- Afternoon Line- Zack Kassian

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Oilers forward Zack Kassian continues his war of words with Matthew Tkachuk following their latest altercations in Saturday's Battle of Alberta, says "he messed with the wrong guy," and that he has a great memory, also questions whether Tkachuk knows they're in the same division.


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WingedRider's avatar

All Tkachuk’s talk a good game but are like their father, barf

Tkachuk hits were clean but got 4 mins 2 for slashing, I think.  DNBsports ??

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 01/14/20 at 03:54 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

I like Kassian, dude plays hard, but he definitely has a screw or two loose.

Would not want him angry at me, on or off the ice.

Posted by RedMenace from The Bud Light Pit of Misery on 01/14/20 at 04:57 PM ET


Definitely going to watch their next match up.

Posted by Ventr on 01/14/20 at 06:15 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Yep V, his first game back is against the Flames

Most ‘revenge’ games normally do not live up to its billing, this one may.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/14/20 at 06:20 PM ET


I want him on my team

Posted by SevensForTed on 01/14/20 at 07:35 PM ET


If guys start going after the other team’s skilled players
or take the newly Parros/dartboard-approved repeated blindside charges into
the exposed necks of opponents who are engaged with other players,
which is what Tkachuk has essentially encouraged, this game could be explosive.

Kassian and Nurse are tough customers but so are Lucic, Bennett, and Rinaldo.
The former two need to fight smart and avoid getting tossed until the closing seconds.

Typical Tkachuk would be deciding the only Oiler he should fight = jumping McDavid.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/15/20 at 12:03 AM ET

d ca's avatar

Watched the game live on HNIC. The Tkachuk hit that lead to the scrum was clean—shoulder into bicep hit momentum away form the boards—-charging has all but disappeared from the game so can’t complain about that aspect. It was in the defensive zone and he was clearly going to take the puck away from Kassian afterwards Kassian went crazy and took a double minor.

Tkachuk not “answering the bell” meant the Flames went on a double PP then scored and won the game because of it.

Kassian didn’t like the previous hit (which was also clean) so while his teammates won’t get on him for this one—it’s just dumb to start talking like he’s going to go McCarty on anyone. Kassian wouldn’t be in the situation to get hit like that if he wasn’t skating with his head down looking at the puck—both times. What did Kassian think the Flames were going to let him skate out from behind their net without hitting him? Why else does he have his head down looking at the puck? And besides,

you should never be made to answer the bell for a clean hit. That’s happening way too much in today’s game.

It was clear Tkachuk wasn’t fighting and Kassian kept punching him in the back of the head. Kassian suspended.

Posted by d ca on 01/15/20 at 12:17 AM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Its classic old school hockey ... Tkachuk is a kid and needs to be taught whom to mess with and whom to leave alone.

Yes, Tkachuk’s check were of the “clean” variety but he chose the wrong person to mess with.

I hope Kassian teaches Tkachuk a lesson and kicks his ass back to the minors.

Brian Burke would call Tkachuk a rat ... cause trouble by being physical and not willing to answer for his actions.

I thought what Tkachuk did was total chicken $hit. He deserves everything he gets ... and then some.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 01/15/20 at 12:56 AM ET

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