VANCOUVER - Two-time offender Zack Kassian is blaming no one but himself for his latest suspension from the National Hockey League.
The burly Canuck winger was slapped with a three-game ban Friday for his hit-from-behind major on Dallas Stars defenceman Brenden Dillon the night before. During the pre-season, he was nailed with an eight-gamer — three in the pre-season, five in the regular season — for a careless high stick that shattered the jaw of Edmonton Oiler centre Sam Gagner.
“It’s definitely not fun watching by a stupid move that I did,” a rueful Kassian said prior to Saturday's 2-1 Canuck victory over the Calgary Flames. “It’s frustrating, very frustrating. I’m very upset but there is nothing you can do. Everyone is already calling me a dirty player and all those things and it’s something you just have to live with. I have to accept my punishment and move forward. I’m happy he didn’t get hurt.”
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