Edmonton Oilers ahead Zack Kassian was injured in a battle with Vancouver Canucks middle Zack MacEwen throughout a preseason recreation on Thursday evening.

Kassian and MacEwen fought late within the third interval. As the 2 have been going punch-for-punch, Kassian’s helmet got here off and when he dropped to the ice he landed on his head. Kassian needed to be helped off the ice after the melee.

Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian (44) lies on the ice after a battle with Vancouver Canucks’ Zack MacEwen (71) throughout third-period preseason NHL hockey recreation motion in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021.
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Oilers ahead Derek Ryan mentioned it was scary watching Kassian fall to the ice like that.

“He’s like my brother, sitting next to me in the locker room. So to see him like that on the ice, it just makes me sick to my stomach,” Ryan mentioned, through The Athletic. “It’s a tough feeling. I haven’t seen him yet, but I heard he’s doing all right.”

Oilers coach Dave Tippett mentioned Kassian was doing all proper afterward.

Vancouver Canucks' Zack MacEwen (71) and Edmonton Oilers' Zack Kassian (44) fight during the third period of an NHL hockey preseason game Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta.

Vancouver Canucks’ Zack MacEwen (71) and Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian (44) battle through the third interval of an NHL hockey preseason recreation Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta.
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“He’s got a pretty good bump on his head from hitting the ice but he was in good spirits and was telling jokes when I came and saw him after the game. It’s one of those ones that upsets you when that happens. … We’ll see where he is tomorrow,” Tippett mentioned.

Canucks ahead Quinn Hughes described the battle as “scary.”

“It’s scary, it’s terrible, it’s not cool. It probably didn’t need to happen,” Hughes mentioned.

It appeared the 2 players couldn’t wait till the video games counted to throw palms. Hockey fights aren’t unusual however doing it within the preseason, with nothing on the road, gave the impression to be excessive even for the game’s requirements.

Edmonton Oilers' Zack Kassian (44) is tended to by medical staff after a fight with Vancouver Canucks' Zack MacEwen during the third period of an NHL hockey preseason game Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta.

Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian (44) is tended to by medical workers after a battle with Vancouver Canucks’ Zack MacEwen through the third interval of an NHL hockey preseason recreation Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta.
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Kassian is about to enter his seventh season with Edmonton. He performed in 27 video games in 2020-21. MacEwen is getting into his fourth season with the Canucks. He performed in 34 video games final season.