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Audio: Kassian surprised he received a one-game suspension

Sabres prospect and Team Canada power forward Zack Kassian spoke with the Buffalo News late Wednesday night following the Canadians' 10-1 rout of Norway.

He expected to miss that game after he receiving a five-minute match penalty for a hit to the head, game misconduct and automatic one-game suspension following a thunderous hit that KO'd Czech Republic defenseman Petr Senkerik in Tuesday's win over the Czechs. He was a little shocked IIHF Single Disciplinary Judge Dan Marouelli added an additional game to the penalty.

That means he'll miss Canada's heavyweight matchup with Sweden on Friday in a game that will likely determine which tournament favorite receives a bye into the medal-round semifinals.

Kassian appeared to accidentally hit Senkerik in the jaw while hitting him an instant just after he made a pass. Marouelli in a press release cited that the reason for the additional game is as follows.

"The IIHF has very specific rules regarding dangerous hits. These are not limited just to the head but to the neck area as wekk, which is defined by that part of the body above the collarbone and shoulder pads (i.e. unprotected areas)."

Here is audio of the interview with Kassian, who was one of three regulars out of the lineup Wednesday. The other two, forward Jaden Schwartz and defenseman Calvin de Haan, were scratched due to injuries.

---Miguel Rodriguez



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