In case you missed it last night, the San Jose Sharks were officially eliminated from the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs by the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in Game 6 of their second round, best of seven, playoff series.
While the Sharks pushed hard and controlled the play for much of the game, they couldn’t manage to get a single puck past Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who pitched his fourth shutout in just 10 games this postseason, earning a 3-0 victory for the Golden Knights. After hitting four posts and a crossbar on the evening, it was clear that Lady Luck was on Vegas’ side last night.
After the game several of the Sharks players met with the media to break down exactly what happened, not only last night but during their entire postseason run. Amongst the group was trade deadline acquisition Evander Kane, who had 10 goals and 19 points in 26 games for the Sharks since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres.
While Kane was electric for the Sharks in round one, against the Anaheim Ducks, he fizzled in round two against the Golden Knights. The reason? Some pretty debilitating injuries.
Evander Kane tells me he had a separated shoulder, and earlier an MCL injury #SJSharks
Ouch. That CAN’T be easy to play through. It also explains a lot, as Kane seemed awfully frustrated with himself by the end of this second round series.
It’ll be interesting to see just exactly what this means for Kane’s future moving forward. The 26 year old power forward is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and based on his impressive 29 goal, 54 point campaign he’s likely to receive league-wide interest. But… would he consider re-signing with the Sharks?
Evander Kane on possibly coming back "I enjoy winning & coming here was a great opportunity for me to do that. Really, really, really enjoyed my time with this group of guys & love going into battle with (them). I have a lot of confidence in this group."
Interesting choice of words. Kane certainly sounds like a player who has one step out the door… has his time in the Bay Area already come to an end?