“What the hell is he thinking?”: Twitter reacts to Zack Kassian skate kick to chest of Tampa player

NHL analyst Mike Johnson @mike_p_johnson
There are some things that everyone knows you can’t do in hockey, kicking is near the top of the list. You have to think Kassian will miss a few games for this.

Hockey writer Dimitri Filipovic
Zack Kassian needs to do the respectful thing by answering the bell and letting a Lightning player kick him in the chest

Edmonton Joural’s Jim Matheson @NHLbyMatty
More you watch Kassian’s kick to Cernak chest it looks suspendable but how knows with Player Safety. Kassian has played well most of season but he hasn’t been effective for several weeks now

Sports writer Dave Lozo @davelozo
Oh please. You snowflakes. So a guy with a razor-sharp knife strapped to his foot kicked a guy with it. If you want a suspension for that, then what? An actual suspension for a cross check to the throat? Sorry if you don’t like seeing sports equipment used for murder attempts.

TSN radio analyst Carlo Colaiacovo @CarloColaiacovo
What the hell is he thinking?

Sports writer Sean McIndoe of The Athletic @DownGoesBrown
Would really like to see another angle of this. But if it’s what it looks like, should be double-digit games.

TSN’s Ray Ferraro @rayferrarotsn
This should be costly for Kassian and Oilers .. can’t even think of a defence for that move… I just can’t see anyway it should be less than 8-10

Edmonton Journal columnist Terry Jones @byterryjones
Zack Kassian is going to be in trouble with George Parros tomorrow. Bet his road trip is done.

RMNB @russianmachine
Zack Kassian kicked Erik Cernak in the chest with his *skate blade*

Mark Spector @SportsnetSpec
Assuming Kassian faces DoPS discipline, any suspension is a prior offence. He does NOT have to have a kicking offence previously.
So, rag-dolling Tkachuk last month counts as a prior.

CBS sportswriter Pete Blackburn @PeteBlackburn
1) Still can’t believe this happened
2) Still can’t believe he got away with it

Craig @Craigmarshalls2
@NHLPlayerSafety you need to seriously suspend zack kassian for the rest of the season and the playoffs for that kick with friggin skates ullderly ridiculous!!!!!

Hockey News columnist Ken Campbell @THNKenCampbell
It’s a good thing NHL teams have guys like Zack Kassian to protect their players from guys like Zack Kassian.

The Broad Street Bully @TheBSBPodcast
Zack Kassian kicked a guy in the chest with his skate and the ref in that game just looked at him. So they’re all pretty bad at their jobs.

Tenro @TenroUchiha
In other news, Zack Kassian continues to be Zack Kassian lol. Guys like that will continue to do that kind of crap until the league actually puts its foot down, or they get called out by their teammates for their crap. Neither will happen, least not any time soon.

Dylan Wheaton @dylanwheaton
Love how Zack Kassian just kicked Cernak in the chest while wearing a skate but yet Tkachuk is the one made out to be a dirtbag 🙄

Jamie¯\_(ツ)_/¯Rankin @ranks1414
I thought Zack Kassian is all about the “code” and playing respectable hockey.

x – Connors Better @marten_ferguson
Zack Kassian may have kicked Cernak in the chest, but Cernak just elbowed Benning in the head. Fine coming for Kassian, 5+ games for Cernak… no place in the game for this stuff from Cernak!

Mjölk @choklad_mjolk
Zack Kassian coming in strong with the dumbest play of the season

Geoff @KestrelYYC
Zack Kassian literally just tried to stab someone with his skate. You can’t make this shit up. This guy has no business in professional sports. If you can get two games for punching the guy, you should get 20 for trying to stab someone.

NHL Player Safety Mod @NHLSafetyMod
With the amount of injuries we’ve seen lately by skate blades this is a really stupid and dangerous play by Zack Kassian, that went ignored by the officials

Eric @RicknCo38
Zack Kassian can never again utter the word “gutless” about another player.

Anthony @McDonaghx27
Zack Kassian really is a terrible person. I remember he told Jimmy Vesey “I hope you bleed out”. Then tried to murder Matthew Tkachuk and now this garbage. But Ken Holland couldn’t wait to sign him to a long term deal!

Nick Mercadante @NMercad
I actually think Zack Kassian needs help. I don’t think he belongs out there with that level of disregard. That’s not something other players would even think to do. What would’ve happened if he went several inches higher?

Dr. Choo @realbeardo
Zack Kassian is the main character in the movie goon. He also played Stiffler in American Pie

CBC sports reporter •Min Dhariwal• @MinDhariwal
I love how everyone wants to send Zack Kassian to San Quentin for that kick tonight…come on! That’s a fine if anything. I think Chara’s crosscheck last night was far more egregious. What’s he getting for that? Jack squat!