They're discussing the weather, surely

So, fighting is pretty up for debate these days, no? There’s obviously the question of the health risks, the fact it – strictly speaking – doesn’t add anything to the game, and a whole host of other reasons why people would like it gone. I get that. I enjoy a good scrap but I also hear a lot of reasons as to why it should be gone and I think, that makes a lot of sense too. Well, tonight’s Oilers-Wild game was clearly a vote for the “Keep Fighting” option in the poll.

Matt Kassian plays for the Minnesota Wild. You may not have known this because he A) is a fighter and B) plays for the Minnesota Wild who don’t get a ton of press. He’s a big guy who stands at 6-foot-4, 232 pounds. Tonight, he had a busy “Matt Kassian” type of night. Kassian played just 2:12. Kassian had a ten minute misconduct and two fights for 20 penalty minutes. Matt Kassian was named the first star.

Seriously, look:

Damning Evidence

Matt Kassian was named the first star of the night because he spent roughly ten times as much time in the penalty box as he did on the ice.


Some more worthy candidates: Mikko Koivu had a goal and an assist while Marek Zidlicky had three assists. The Wild’s (arguably) most important forward and defenceman both had better nights than Kassian. Fights entertain people, yes, but they don’t win you a game.

Here both of his tilts vs. Darcy Hordichuk:

For those of you willing to debate the “momentum” angle here: The Wild were outscored 1-0 after both of Kassian’s fights. Maybe instead of fighting we should look to get rid of the three stars altogether.

Comments (3)

  1. Wow, thats ridiculous… 2 minutes of playing time and he gets 1st star? Who the hell picks these things?

  2. Honestly? Who gives a damn why he was the first star? The Three Stars are just lip service anyway. It’s not like a) they actually mean anything and b) give the players any bonuses. It’s all about the fans and, in a contentious game that saw the Oilers running around a lot, they chose Kassian and Prosser as the first two stars — two players that had the more memorable run-ins with the Oilers.

    So what?

    I’m sure that Koivu or Zidlicky weren’t sitting in the locker room bitching that they didn’t get in the three stars. In fact, I’m sure that they were happy that Kassian got his curtain call.

    The Three Stars are so freaking subjective any point in time, so who really cares who’s in and who’s not?

  3. This year the Wild is posting 6 picks on the scoreboard and the fans in house are texting to pick the stars. This season, the Wild fans have picked the visiting player 7 times for 1st star, 3 times for 2nd star and 3 times for 3rd star. We’ve played 19 home games. I don’t know if they use the texts straight up of adjust them with media input, etc. Until this year the picks were from the local publication “Let’s Play Hockey”.

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