|Teammates on the Minnesota Wild bench cheer as Wild left wing Matt Kassian (22) fights Edmonton Oilers left wing Darcy Hordichuk (16) during the second period of their NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minnesota December 29, 2011. (REUTERS/Eric Miller)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - It turned out to be a painful wardrobe malfunction for Darcy Hordichuk.
The Edmonton Oilers winger got his arm caught up inside his jersey Thursday in a fight against Minnesota Wild forward Matt Kassian.
Kassian was able to take advantage of Hordichuk's misfortune and landed a number of solid punches, eventually flooring the Oilers tough guy.
"When I had my arm in a chicken wing inside my jersey, I let go of him and tried to undo it and get my hand out so I could keep throwing," Hordichuk said. "I didn't think he saw me try to do that, but then he switched up and I couldn't even get my hand up to block the punch because I've never had my hand stuck like that before.
"I was trying to bail, because I couldn't do anything. The linesman came up to me later and apologized, saying he didn't know how bad my hand was stuck."
Hordichuk had actually pulled his arm back through the sleeve of the jersey essentially rendering it immobile. He was then unable to get his arm back down the sleeve.
"It's pretty tough to fight a guy like that with two hands, let alone one hand," Hordichuk said. "It was weird, he grabbed the sleeve and twisted it and when I pulled back to try and keep hammering on him, I got it stuck."
The two went on to fight again to start the third period.
"The second time I just went at him," Hordichuk said. "But he was smart, I was coming throwing and he kept pushing me back, keeping me off balance. It's tough to fight a guy like that because he just kept pushing me back."
Notes "¦ Ales Hemsky and Eric Belanger did not take part in practice on Wednesday. They both were feeling ill as Hemsky is recovering from a sinus infection and Belanger may be contracting one. Regardless, Oilers head coach Tom Renney believes they'll both be able to play Saturday.