Feb 1, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers right wing Zack Kassian (44) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Kassian is likely facing a suspension from the NHL for his actions on Thursday night.

During the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Kassian was one of three players down on the ice. As he tried to push himself out of the pile, he kicked Erik Cernak. Kassian’s blade appeared to go straight into Cernak’s chest.

Kassian is notorious for dirty plays like this. He defended his actions after the game.

“He was holding my leg, it was reactionary, I was just trying to get him off me, kick him off me. I was just trying to get my foot loose,” Kassian said via the Tampa Bay Times. “If I kicked him hard, I think he would have flew back or the ref would have called a penalty.”

The 29-year-old winger has been suspended in juniors, international competition, and the NHL, in addition to his multiple substance-abuse suspensions. Kassian was suspended two games for going after Matthew Tkachuk in January.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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ANA / 2010-11 / C
Ryan Getzlaf
ARZ / 2018-19 / D
Oliver Ekman-Larsson
BOS / 2006-07 / D
Zdeno Chara
BUF / 2018-19 / C
Jack Eichel
CAL / 2013-14 / D
Mark Giordano
CAR / 2019-20 / C
Jordan Staal
CHI / 2008-09 / C
Jonathan Toews
COL / 2012-13 / LW
Gabriel Landeskog
CLB / 2015-16 / LW/C
Nick Foligno
DAL / 2013-14 / LW
Jamie Benn
EDM / 2016-17 / C
Connor McDavid
FLA / 2018-19 / C
Aleksander Barkov
LA / 2016-17 / C
Anze Kopitar
MIN / 2009-10 / C
Mikko Koivu
MON / 2018-19 / D
Shea Weber
NSH / 2017-18 / D
Roman Josi
NJ / 2015-16 / D
Andy Greene
NYI / 2018-19 / LW
Anders Lee
PHI / 2012-13 / C
Claude Giroux
PIT / 2007-08 / C
Sidney Crosby
STL / 2016-17 / D
Alex Pietrangelo
SJ / 2019-20 / C
Logan Couture
TB / 2013-14 / C
Steven Stamkos
TOR / 2019-20 / C
John Tavares
VAN / 2019-20 / C
Bo Horvat
WAS / 2009-10 / LW
Alexander Ovechkin
WPG / 2016-17 / RW
Blake Wheeler

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