Canucks’ Kassian leaves game, won’t return

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Experienced hockey fans probably have mixed emotions when they see high-quality players get in fights. While it’s refreshing to see people other than “goons” drop the gloves, there’s that added tension that comes with the potential for injury.

Vancouver Canucks fans were on the wrong end of that equation on Tuesday night. Zack Kassian aggravated a back injury during tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues and won’t return.

Many – including TSN’s Farhan Lalji – believe it happened during this scuffle with red-hot forward Chris Stewart:

Update: Kassian tweaked his troublesome back again.

That fight had its goofy moments, but it won’t be much of a laughing matter if the Canucks lose another important player to injury. Especially since this one may very well have been avoided.

Still, the Getty Images photo of the fight is pretty outstanding:

source: Getty Images