The Battle of Alberta is nuts. It started out with Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith getting pulled after letting three goals on 10 shots, and then Calgary Flames’ Jacob Markstrom started being full of holes as well and the score became 7-6.
Then tempers continued to flare up as Evander Kane and Matthew Tkachuk were sent to the penalty box for roughing. Right before their penalties is where things got nasty.
Tkachuk was caught on TV, chirping at Kane about his bankruptcy. You can easily see him and read his lips telling the Oilers’ forward:
“You want some money?”
As they stayed in the box (where they were supposed to mull over their actions) both forward kept chirping at one another with Tkachuk mocking Kane and calling him a poor poor bastard.
Kane wanted to fight Tkachuk, but he declined the invitation that was sent from the box.
Moments later, as Tkachuk left the penalty box, he went on to score and put the Flames up 8-6 as Kane watched the whole thing from the sin bin.
For those wondering why Tkachuk left penalty box before teammate Oliver Kylington: Flames can declare when penalties are assessed who will leave box first. They chose Tkachuk. And he made the Oilers pay.
Tough night for Kane, no doubt, but you have to say that Tkachuk is the one being cheap with his shots tonight! But he's also the one with the hat trick!