Tue Dec 28 06:33pm EST
BUFFALO — Zack Kassian's five-minute major and match penalty — which will cost him at least Wednesday's game vs. Norway, pending a review by IIHF disciplinary judge Dan Marouelli, overshadowed his team's win over the Czech Republic.
Team Canada coach Dave Cameron was upset (he later twice declined comment in his post-game press conference). Canadian fans howled since neither referee, German Georgij Jablukov or Antti Boman of Finland, raised his arm for a penalty after Kassian drilled Czech Republic defenceman Petr Senkerik.
However, the replay shows Kassian's shoulder caught Senkerik's chin. TSN commentator Bob McKenzie also said later in the broadcast the contact was late. The IIHF's head-shot rule, Rule 540, says the referees have the discretion to call a match penalty.
Senkerik was reported to be alert in the Czech Republic dressing room after being taken off the ice on a stretcher. Canada also came through with a Louis Leblac short-handed goal during the ensuing five-minute penalty kill, opening a two-goal lead.
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