Oilers forward Zack Kassian 'in good spirits' after scary injury in fight

Zack Kassian's helmet came flying off during his fight with Zack MacEwen as the Oilers forward took a scary tumble to the ice.

Edmonton Oilers coaches and players gave positive initial reports on forward Zack Kassian's condition after he suffered a scary injury in the aftermath of a fight against Zack MacEwen of the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night.

Kassian hit his head on the ice after his helmet fell off during the fight late in the third period of a 3-2 win for the Oilers in pre-season play. He had to be helped off the ice after the fight.

"Lucky, it seems like he's alright in there," coach Dave Tippett said after the game.

"He's got a pretty good bump on his head from hitting the ice," Tippett said. "But he's in good spirits. He was telling jokes when I saw him after the game."

Forward Derek Ryan said seeing Kassian go down was extremely scary.

Ryan said he has bonded with Kassian during the pre-season.

"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 said.

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