Oilers' Zack Kassian knocked unconscious in 'scary' preseason fight with Canucks' Zack MacEwan

Fights are prevalent in the NHL, however the fallout from one that occurred throughout a Thursday preseason video game was far even worse than a journey to the charge box. Vancouver Canucks center Zack MacEwen unloaded a barrage of punches on Edmonton Oilers best winger Zack Kassian, triggering him to fall head initially into the ice without a helmet to soften the blow. 

The battle accompanied just a few minutes left in the groups’ preseason contest at Rogers Arena, one the Oilers won by a rating of 3-2. 

Immediately acknowledging the intensity of Kassian’s injury, MacEwan required medical help together with the on-ice authorities. The 30-year-old Kassian stayed still for a couple of minutes, however he became assisted to his feet and left the ice. 

Edmonton coach Dave Tippett didn’t offer a main upgrade on Kassian’s health, however the 60-year-old stated his gamer is “alright” and will go through additional assessment the day after the video game. Kassian’s habits after the video game appears to show the injury isn’t as bad as it looked, though he did apparently miss out on practice Friday. 

“He’s got a pretty good bump on his head from hitting the ice but he was in good spirits and was telling jokes when I came and saw him after the game,” Tippett stated of the 10-year NHL seasoned after the video game. “It’s one of those ones that upsets you when that happens.”

Tippett and the Oilers weren’t the only ones disturbed by MacEwan’s actions. MacEwan’s colleague, defenseman Quinn Hughes, explained the battle as “scary” and “terrible,” including it “probably didn’t need to happen.”

Oilers forward Derek Ryan, who’s entering his seventh NHL season and initially in Edmonton, shares the exact same point of view as Hughes. 

“It was really tough,” Ryan stated. “I’m a new face around here, but Kass and I have bonded — he’s like my brother sitting next to me in the locker room. To see him sitting like that on the ice, yeah, it makes me sick to my stomach. I haven’t seen him in the locker room but it sounds like he’s doing alright.”

Edmonton intends to have Kassian healthy by Oct. 13, when they open their season in the house versus the Canucks. The authorities will likely have their hands complete in managing the bad blood that appears to have actually established in between the teams, who will fulfill for another preseason video game on Saturday. 

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