Sharks' Evander Kane returns to game after nasty slash from Wild player

Brian Witt
NBC Sports BayArea

Just as the Sharks appeared to be turning a corner, they got a big lump in their throats.

San Jose was leading Minnesota 6-4 midway through the third period Thursday night when Sharks forward Evander Kane was taken to the locker room after being slashed by Wild winger Ryan Hartman.

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Kane appeared to be in significant pain immediately following the slash, and required assistance to get off the ice. Hartman was given a five-minute major penalty and resulting ejection.

The Sharks didn't score on that power play, but Kane returned to the game shortly thereafter.

Kane scored San Jose's sixth goal of the night late in the second period, his 10th of the season and seventh on the power play. He has scored twice as many goals as all other Sharks players not named Tomas Hertl, who scored his sixth of the season also in the second period.

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