Oilers’ Zack Kassian kicks opponent in chest with skate during game

Exactly one month to the day after the Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian earned himself a two-game suspension for lighting up Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk, he’s in hot water again.

The eight-year NHL veteran was seen trying to kick the Lightning’s Erik Cernak in the chest with his skate during a scrum in the first period of Thursday night’s game in Tampa Bay.

It’s far from the first time Kassian has dealt with disciplinary issues in his career. His first run-in with the league was back in 2013 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, when he was suspended for the first five games of the 2013-14 season for an intentional high-stick. He was suspended again for three games later that season after a dirty hit on Dallas’ Brenden Dillon. 

Kassian also sat out 32 games in the 2015-16 season during a stint with Montreal for substance abuse issues unrelated to on-ice conduct. 

Any suspension he receives for Thursday’s incident would be the fifth of his career. 

Should Kassian be suspended for the remainder of the season, he would miss out on a rematch with Calgary in the “Battle of Alberta” on the final day of the campaign. He and Tkachuk dropped the gloves in the rivalry’s latest installment just over two weeks ago. 

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