Oilers' Zack Kassian, Flames' Matthew Tkachuk satisfy the hype and drop the gloves

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Oilers’ Zack Kassian, Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk satisfy the hype and drop the gloves

Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian and Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk both said they were more interested in a win than retribution, but they did fight.


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The hype heading into Wednesday night’s Calgary Flames-Edmonton Oilers game was about whether Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk would fight again after their Jan. 11 dust-up, but both said beforehand that they were more interested in a victory than any retribution.

NHL disciplinarian George Parros was in the building in Edmonton to make sure things didn’t get out of hand. The coaches didn’t start the players’ respective lines, Flames interim coach Geoff Ward had rugged forward Milan Lucic skating on Tkachuk’s line and the Oilers finalized Kassian’s four-year, $12.8 million contract extension before the game.

So of course, the two of them fought.

It took until 3:26 remained in the first…

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