Update: Kassian had been suspended for three games.
Canucks right winger Zack Kassian will be hearing from the NHL today.
For a Vancouver team that was 1-9-1 in their last eleven, that’s frustrating. That’s when things started getting chippy.
Brenden Dillon and Antoine Roussel took exception to Alex Burrows, with all three heading off with minor penalties. Less than 14 seconds after Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon left the box, he was crushed by Vancouver’s Zack Kassian. Kassian hit Dillon from behind, driving him into the boards along the player benches.
Kassian was given a major for boarding and a game misconduct.
— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) March 7, 2014
Dillion, while shaken up on the play, did return to the game. Coach Lindy Ruff was thrilled to see him back on the ice:
“I was relieved to get him back. It was definitely a shot from behind. Those are tough hits and the best retribution is make the other team play on the power play. He didn’t come from a long way but Dillon was in a bad position when he got hit.”
Canucks coach John Tortorella agreed.
Torts on Kassian hit: 'it's the right call.' #Canucks
— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) March 7, 2014
This is not Kassian’s first offense this season. He missed time earlier this season for a nasty high stick on the Oilers’ Sam Gagner, which makes him a repeat offender.
Kassian was suspended five regular-season games at the beginning of this year for high-sticking Sam Gagner.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 7, 2014
Call now! Zack Kassian is standing by…