Just ask Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau. Thursday night against the Wild, Kane had an assist on the Sharks’ opening goal in the first period and potted the eventual game-winner himself at the end of the second, but it was his actions in the third that really drew the ire of Boudreau.
Midway through the third frame, Kane was on the receiving end of a slash from Ryan Hartman, which sent the Sharks forward falling to the ice and sparked a scuffle around him. Kane’s reaction looked like he’d been seriously injured — he appeared to be in significant pain and needed to be helped back to the bench.
Boudreau was not pleased about how the sequence of events unfolded, and he aired that out after the game — a 6-5 Sharks win.
“Kane did a great job of selling it,” he told reporters. “Because he went off limping, everybody thought he had a broken ankle and all he missed was one shift. So, you go figure it out. But it was a good job by him to change the momentum.”
Hartman was issued a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for slashing — a call that was upheld upon review — and handed the game’s momentum back to San Jose after the Wild scored two unanswered goals in the third to lessen the Sharks’ lead. (To add an interesting wrinkle to this, it was the series-altering five-minute major penalty called against the Vegas Golden Knights — and benefitting the Sharks — in Game 7 of Round 1 this past spring that ultimately led to the new rule to review five-minute majors.)
Kane, who received a two-minute minor penalty for cross-checking Hartman prior to the retaliatory slash, ultimately only missed one shift and was back on the ice later in the period.
Now back on the ice for the end of this Sharks power play
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For his part, Kane told reporters he’d been hit in the back of the knees by Hartman and that the slash “didn’t feel good at all.”