Sharks’ Evander Kane to have hearing for cross-check on Bellemare

The Vegas Golden Knights scored four first period goals en route to a 7-0 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 1. Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 3rd shutout in 5 playoff games.

The San Jose Sharks were blanked 7-0 by the Vegas Golden Knights Thursday in Game 1 of their second-round series and now they might be without one of their top forwards for Game 2.

Evander Kane will have a hearing Friday for his cross-check on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced.

Kane was assessed a major and game misconduct after hitting Bellemare in the face with his stick after a whistle.

The score was 5-0 at the time and Vegas added two more goals while Kane’s five-minute penalty was being served.

The 26-year-old has been suspended once previously in his NHL career. He received a two-game ban in 2014 when he was a member of the Winnipeg Jets for boarding Ducks defenceman Clayton Stoner.

This season marks the first time Kane has participated in the playoffs and he registered three goals and an assist in San Jose’s opening-round sweep of Anaheim.

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