Kassian Takes Down Hordichuk Twice in Wild Win
Matt Kassian knows why he was called up from Houston. The Wild, once on top of the NHL were on an 8-game losing streak going into last night's game with Edmonton. If he's in the lineup, he's there to provide a physical presence.
Kassian challenged Darcy Hordichuk as soon as he could. The challenge wasn't accepted until the second period, but when it was, the much larger Kassian was able to easily handle Hordichuk.
Both players started the third period. With the Oilers down 4-2, they had a chat and squared off again. The result was the same and Kassian was once again skating to the penalty box trying to pump up the home crowd. Michael Russo is reporting Hordichuk didn't wear his elbow pads to start the period, knowing this time he would be the one issuing the challenge.
The Wild snapped their losing streak, winning the game 4-3. Points be damned, Kassian was voted first star of the game. Minnesota defenseman Nate Prosser, also pointless, was named second star. Jarod Palmer, scoring his first NHL goal, was the third star.
Raffi Torres threw his shoulder into Andrew Ference's head and Adam McQuaid stepped in to let Torres know what he thought of the hit. McQuaid controlled the fight, having Torres bent over and landing some good shots until the linesmen stepped in. Torres skated off bleeding near his left eye. McQuaid picked up the instigator and Torres was given an elbowing minor.
Darcy Hordichuk vs Matt Kassian Round 2 Dec 29, 2011
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