Zack Kassian suspended seven games for kicking Erik Cernak during Oilers-Lightning game

Edmonton Oilers ahead Zack Kassian used to be suspended seven video games Friday for kicking an opponent within the chest along with his skate.

The incident happened overdue within the first length Thursday evening. Kassian checked Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak, and Oilers ahead Josh Archibald misplaced his steadiness and knocked over each. Cernak held the 2 Oilers down and Kassian driven his skate into Cernak’s chest prior to getting up. NHL avid gamers have quite a lot of padding on their chest, so Cernak wasn’t harm.

“He used to be protecting my leg. It used to be simply reactionary,” Kassian stated, according to Sportsnet. “I used to be simply looking to get him off me, kick him off me. I used to be simply looking to get my foot free.”

The Division of Participant Protection stated Kassian’s argument “on no account justifies this motion.”

“NHL avid gamers continuously turn into entangled with fighters and teammates and continuously take away themselves from the pile safely and legally, with out striking themselves or their fighters on the possibility of significant harm,” the dep. stated in a video.

The Oilers argued that the kick wasn’t forceful and the league agreed that Kassian wasn’t being malicious, nevertheless it stated hitting with a skate blade isn’t like a frame take a look at or stick infraction.

“There’s minimum drive required to dangerously lower and injure an opponent,” the league stated.

The NHL, in truth, has observed a handful of avid gamers injured by means of unintentional skate cuts this season: the New York Islanders’ Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck, Los Angeles Kings’ Alec Martinez, Toronto Maple Leafs’ Ilya Mikheyev and Detroit Crimson Wings’ Brendan Perlini.

A repeat perpetrator with 3 earlier suspensions, together with one last month for his altercation with the Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk, Kassian will forfeit $166,463.43 in pay.

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