Tkachuk to Kane in the penalty box: “You poor bastard. You poor, poor bastard.”

War on the ice. War in the box. It's the Battle of Alberta, baby!


If you missed last night's INSANE Game 1 action in the Battle of Alberta, do yourself a favor and fire up these highlights immediately:

Needless to say, it was an absolutely WILD game that harkened back to the glory days of the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.

Put aside the 15... yes 15... goals that were scored though and there was still plenty more worth cheering on the ice. The best part, to me, was the fireworks between Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and Oilers forward Evander Kane. The two were jawing at each other all night, both on the ice and in the penalty box.

If you haven't seen it yet, here's Tkachuk mocking Kane's ongoing bankruptcy case asking him if he needs to borrow some money:

But the chirping didn't stop there. The two were absolutely GIVING it to each other in the penalty box and from my best lip reading skills you can see Tkachuk end things with a simple, "You poor bastard."

Check it out:

Love it.

Again I'm not the best lip reader but someone online suggested that Kane was challenging Tkachuk to fight, to which Tkachuk replied, "I don't fight poor people."

I'll be honest though, personally I love both of these players' game. I'm not the biggest fan of Kane for his off-ice antics, but I can appreciate what he brings on the ice. He plays the game the right way and I can respect that. Ditto for Tkachuk.

The difference to me is that... well... Kane needs to just shut up. He's literally the easiest guy in the league to chirp. There's just an endless well of material for guys to rip him on and yet he continues to open his mouth and get into these kinds of chirp fests. Just shut your mouth and play the game, bud. Quit being a distraction.

As for Tkachuk, he's playing his role perfectly. He's putting up points and he's getting under the Oilers' skin. I have no doubt though that Flames head coach Darryl Sutter will be pulling tighter on not just Tkachuk's reins, but everybody's reins in Game 2 however.