Evander Kane Suspended 1 Game for Cross-Checking Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2018

GLENDALE, NV - APRIL 26:  Evander Kane #9 of the San Jose Sharks is escorted off the ice by linesman Greg Devorski #54 after a 5 minute major penalty and game misconduct in the third period Game One of the Western Conference Second Round against the Vegas Golden Knights during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena on April 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Sharks 7-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The NHL suspended San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane on Friday for Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals after he was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking Vegas Golden Knights forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the third period of a 7-0 loss at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in Game 1 on Thursday. 

According to the NHL's player safety video, Kane was suspended because he cross-checked Bellemare twice, including once in the head, after the whistle had blown. 

"This cross-check occurs well after the whistle has blown and serves no purpose other than as a strike to an opponent's head. This is not a hockey play. In addition, it is important to note that while Kane asserts he did not strike at an opponent's head, there are two cross-checks on this play." 

Kane, who was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline, made his presence felt during his brief regular-season run with the Sharks. In 17 games, the 26-year-old tallied nine goals and five assists. 

Kane also tied a team high with three goals in the Sharks' first-round sweep of the Anaheim Ducks. 

San Jose will now be forced to operate at a deficit in the offensive zone as it eyes a bounce-back performance on Saturday following a dreadful showing in Game 1.