Oilers forward Gazdic tougher than he thought

Flames tough guy Kevin Westgarth was the latest recipient of Luke Gazdic's fistic efforts Saturday....

Flames tough guy Kevin Westgarth was the latest recipient of Luke Gazdic's fistic efforts Saturday. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:14 PM ET

When a National Hockey League heavyweight scores a convincing victory on Hockey Night in Canada, it’s pretty much the equivalent of a top-six player posting a hat-trick.

But Luke Gazdic couldn’t do any celebrating after demolishing Kevin Westgarth Saturday — it would have been in horrible taste with the Flames tough guy unconscious on the ice.

“It kind of puts me in a weird spot a little bit because obviously that isn’t something you like to see happen,” said the Edmonton Oilers rookie tough guy. “I knew right away, as soon as I hit him, that he was out. I just tried to get to the box and sit down because that’s something you obviously don’t want to see celebrated or glorified.

“It was a bit of a scary incident. I tried to reach out after the game (through the trainers) just to make sure he was OK. It’s a uneasy situation, something I haven’t really been through before.”

Gazdic, a largely unknown entity when the Oilers claimed him off of waivers from Dallas,


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