No hearing for Kassian after Ekman-Larsson crosscheck, match penalty


Edmonton tough guy Zack Kassian won’t have a disciplinary hearing for his match penalty late in Edmonton’s 3-2 win over the Coyotes on Wednesday, an NHL spokesman has confirmed.

Kassian was give the match and a two-minute roughing minor following a retaliatory crosscheck on Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who had drilled Oilers forward Matt Hendricks seconds earlier.

Hendricks beat the Coyotes blueliner in a puck chase to negate an icing call, and got walloped into the end boards. Which, in turn, set off a bit of a melee.

Mark Letestu and Martin Hanzal, who’d been going at each other all night, fought in the aftermath while Coyotes captain Shane Doan went directly after Kassian and received a roughing minor of his own.

Kassian had a very eventful night. In addition to the penalties, he also recorded a pair of assists — including one on Hendricks’ game-winning goal — and finished with four hits in just under 13 minutes of ice time.