Late in the first period, Kassian and Cernak were tangled up on the ice after being knocked over by Edmonton's Josh Archibald. Kassian looked directly at Cernak before kicking him and getting up. The league said it agreed with Kassian that he was trying to disentangle himself but said the kick was in no way justified. The Oilers argued Kassian's kick was not forceful, but the league contends that it's different from a hit, and any intentional or careless kicking with a skate blade won't be tolerated.
Kassian will forfeit $166,463 as a result of the suspension because he's a repeat offender. This is his fourth career suspension in 518 regular season games. He was also suspended two games last month for his role in an altercation with Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk.
Kassian will be eligible to return Feb. 29 against Winnipeg.
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