Edmonton Petroleum forward Evander Kane is no stranger to controversy, and he’s become the hot topic again for the wrong reasons following a nasty spat on Saturday against the Vegas Golden Knights, which could lead to a disciplinary call from the NHL.
In a late second-half skirmish between the Oilers and the Golden Knights, Kane repeatedly punched the defenseless Keegan Kolesar as the Vegas striker lay on his stomach on the ice.
The fight first started when Brett Howden and Brett Kulak dropped their gauntlets. While officials parted ways with that pairing, a group that included Kane and Kolesar was relatively unchallenged in the corner. Kolesar eventually returned to his skates, and he and Kane continued to struggle until officials finally arrived to bid them farewell.
The scuffle eventually resulted in a 30-minute penalty, with Kane fouling for 10 minutes.
Hitting Kolesar while he was collapsing broke an unwritten rule in the battle rules. Whether Kane’s decision will lead to league action remains to be seen. However, the NHL can hold Kane’s reputation and past against him. After last season, Kane received a a game suspend boarding Nazem Kadri of Colorado Avalanche.
As for Game 2 itself, the Oilers ran away early, which probably contributed to most of the bad.
Edmonton soon took the lead against Vegas, scoring four first-half goals en route to a 5-1 win.
Leon Draisaitl scored two goals in the win, bringing his league-leading playoff tally to 13. Meanwhile, captain Connor McDavid took on Draisaitl with two goals of his own. at the game in Edmonton.
The best-of-seven series ended 1-1, moving on to Edmonton for the next two, starting with Game 3 Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET.