Forward Zack Kassian will have a phone hearing with the National Hockey League’s department of player safety on Friday following his hit from behind against Dallas’ Brenden Dillon in Thursday’s 6-1 defeat.
Last September, Kassian was suspended three exhibition games and five regular-season contests for a high stick that broke the nose of Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner.
With 80 seconds left in the first period Thursday, Kassian hit Dillon into the boards near the Vancouver bench and was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and game misconduct.
The video below shows Kassian leaving his feet to deliver the hit when the puck wasn’t in Dillon’s possession.
Dillon, a second-year NHL defenceman, appeared shook up on the play but returned to play in the second period.
“I was relieved to get him back,” Stars head coach Lindy Ruff told reporters in reference to his 23-year-old blue-liner. “It was definitely a shot from behind. Those are tough hits and the best retribution is make the other team pay on the power play.
“He [Kassian] didn’t come from a long way [on the ice] but Dillon was in a bad position when he got hit.”
The Canucks have dropped three straight games and are 11th in the Western Conference standings with a 28-26-10 record.