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It doesn't appear Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian is ready to drop his feud with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk. Kassian received a four-minute penalty and was later handed a two-game suspension by the National Hockey League.

Kassian has been suspended for two games under Rule 46.2 (Aggressor), the league said in a statement Monday evening.

Late in the second period at the Saddledome, with the game tied 3-3, Kassian reached his personal enough when Tkachuk drilled him into the boards and sent his helmet flying.

Kassian went even further with his comments, stating that the next Battle of Alberta is sure to be a feisty one.

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The scrap also has potential to make for some interesting moments at the upcoming NHL All-Star Game on January 25 because Tkachuk will be teammates with Oilers stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. People don't do that to me or my teammates when I'm there.

"He messed with the wrong guy", said Kassian.

"To me, those are two unsafe hits".

"[Not fighting] was probably the right thing to do for me there", Tkachuk said. Anybody who's been in the game a long time knows they're predatory hits. "I love hockey over big boys, but if you're going to play hockey over big boys, you have to answer the bell every once in a while". "I don't think he realizes we're in the same division". His suspension, coincidentally, allows him to return in time for Edmonton's next game against Tkachuk and the Flames on January 29 - one Kassian alluded to looking forward to after the initial incident.