Zack Kassian had no idea.

Informed that the Maple Leafs' David Bolland had been taken to a local hospital for surgery after Kassian's skate had sliced a tendon in the left ankle area of the Toronto forward, the Vancouver bad boy was caught completely off guard.

"Really? That's tough," the Canucks forward said. "Everything happened so fast. That's a tough play.

"I have a lot of respect for him. He's hard nosed and works hard."

For once, there were no accusing fingers being wagged at Kassian, who was suspended for eight games earlier this year for a pre-season incident in which his stick broke the jaw of the Edmonton Oilers' Sam Gagner.

This time around, Kassian was finishing his check on Bolland early in the second period of Vancouver's 4-0 win on Saturday when his skate sliced into the bottom of Bolland's leg.