“It would be hard for me to imagine how that was on purpose,” Nonis said.
Early in the second period, Kassian threw a hit in the corner to the left of Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer, but ‘kicked’ Bolland in the left ankle area with his left skate as well.
The hit drew comparisons to the hit former Pittsburgh Penguin Matt Cooke threw on the Ottawa Senators‘ Erik Karlsson. Cooke’s left skate made contact with Karlsson’s calf, sliced it, and it put him out of action for ten weeks.
“He suffered a cut similar to the Karlsson injury,” Leafs head coach Randy Caryle said. “I don’t know the severity or which tendon, but he did suffer a cut into that area.”