A lot for staying in your greatest habits.
Even with the NHL’s Division of Participant Security, represented by George Parros and Stephen Walkom, within the constructing, it did not take lengthy earlier than Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk dropped the gloves to settle outdated scores Wednesday evening.
The 2 have been proven chatting earlier than a puck drop late within the first interval, and as quickly as play resumed, they went at one another once more; this time, it was a extra even battle.
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Tkachuk began with a significant swing that Kassian prevented, earlier than Kassian positioned a few of his personal. The Oilers ahead compelled the Flames ahead to the ice first earlier than they each ended up down for the rely. Each gamers got five-minute majors and have been despatched to the locker rooms early.
This, after all, is a growing story after Kassian first dropped the gloves in opposition to Tkachuk following two heavy hits by Tkachuk of their prior assembly on Jan. 11. In that confrontation, Tkachuk didn’t drop his gloves; subsequently, Kassian was suspended two video games for persevering with “to throw punches in an try to inflict punishment on his opponent who’s in a defenseless place or who’s an unwilling combatant,” in line with NHL Rule 46.2.
Fortunately for hockey followers, and particularly these in Alberta, his suspension ended simply previous to Wednesday’s sport.
From billboards to donations, followers have been concerned in a “Charitable Battle of Alberta” in response to the primary scuffle, however followers are nonetheless prepared to indicate what they’re considering. For instance, some Oilers trustworthy wore shirts that appeared like turtle shells with Tkachuk’s identify throughout the again to poke enjoyable at Tkachuk for not combating Kassian final time.
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Tkachuk did not turtle this time, and whereas Kassian led followers to consider he would keep level-headed on this sport and focus on getting two factors within the standings, he additionally acknowledged that if a chance to hit his rival cleanly got here up, he would take it.
“I knew (the NHL was) going to maintain a detailed eye, although, with the issues mentioned and the media portraying it as one thing lots larger than it really is,” Kassian advised media. “Like I mentioned earlier, it is in regards to the two factors. That is the best way we’ll stick it to them. I’ll play my sport, we’ll play a tough sport (and) come out of right here hopefully with two factors. That is crucial half.”
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins engaged in a battle with Sean Monahan simply previous to Kassian vs. Tkachuk.
So far as the sport is worried — and people two invaluable factors — Calgary led on the first intermission earlier than Edmonton tied the sport early within the second interval. The second-place Flames got here in main the third-place Oilers by some extent within the Pacific Division standings (58-57) with two extra video games performed. The groups will even face off Saturday in Calgary.
Observe SN Canada’s dwell weblog of the most recent installment of the “Battle of Alberta” for updates and highlights.