You Be The Judge: Was Zack Kassian out of line for making fun of Luke Gazdic’s neck beard?
Late in the third period with the Canucks leading by 3 goals and the game well out of hand, the Edmonton Oilers finally remembered that they wanted to exact some revenge on Zack Kassian for breaking Sam Gagner’s jaw back in September. (Well, they didn’t actually. David Perron had to remind them.) Anyway, a scrum ensued with the Kassquatch in the middle of things with Perron and Oilers enforcer, Luke Gazdic.
As with every other scrum, much talking and taunting were involved. But Kassian drew some heat for apparently taunting Gagner’s injury, and have pointed to video evidence as proof of his douchiness.
Now, is it just me or did it seem that Kassian was taunting Gazdic, not Gagner? I mean, Kass was looking at Gazdic when he said whatever he said and made the motion with his hands by his neck. And it seems a stretch to suggest that Kass was directing this to Gagner, who at the time wasn’t part of the scrum, sitting on the bench behind a bunch of Oilers on the ice. Like, was all this fury after the game because Kassian was making fun of Gazdic’s neck beard?
I dunno. You be the judge.
Just before he pointed at his chin Gagner had stepped towards the mixup from the bench. You can see Gagner yelling at him too. It’s pretty obvious–it was at Gagner.
Any hockey pest tries to get under the opposition’s skin at the START of a game. Kassian was chirping at the end of the game while hiding behind a sea of officials and teammates. Total douche move.
Fact: Perron hit Kassian
Fact: Perron immediately turned and ran
Fact: The officials came in.
Fact: Gazdic came in and Perron turned to act tough after the officials were there.
Fact: Gagner made his way down the bench to chirp.
Unknown: Kassian chirped back at an Oiler.
You can’t tell from that video who Kassian was chirping at. Seems like some butthurt Oilers fans want someone to blame for their team not showing up to play last night.