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Oilers’ Zack Kassian suspended 7 games for kicking Lightning’s Cernak


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Edmonton forward Zack Kassian was suspended seven games by the NHL on Friday after kicking Tampa Bay’s Erik Cernak.

The incident occurred during the Oilers’ 2-1 loss to the Lightning on Thursday. It happened during a pile-up inside the Edmonton blue line when Oilers forward Josh Archibald, Kassian and Cernak were tangled up on the ice.

Kassian was suspended two games last month for an aggressor penalty involving Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk.

“He was holding my leg, it was reactionary. I was just trying to get him off me, kick him off me,” Kassian said after Thursday’s game. “I was just trying to get my foot loose.”

WATCH | Other times NHL players have kicked opponents:

As the Oilers’ Zack Kassian awaits his fate from the department of player safety, let’s look at how his kick to the chest of Tampa Bay’s Erik Cernak stacks up against ones of the past. 0:55



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