Evander Kane notched a pair of firsts in his return to the Sharks' lineup.
Kane scored his first goal of the season -- and San Jose's first power-play marker of 2019-20 -- in the second period Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.
The winger parked in front of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne and tipped in Logan Couture's shot from the face-off circle to cut Nashville's lead to 2-1.
First game for Kane and he gets a goal 👌 pic.twitter.com/tsYZXsZd2P— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) October 9, 2019
The Sharks' offense and power play struggled without Kane, who was suspended for the first three games of the season for "abuse of officials" in San Jose's preseason finale. In his absence, the Sharks scored just three goals -- none on the power play -- and fell to 0-3-0 after lopsided losses to the Pacific Division rival Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks.
Kane scored 30 goals for the second time in his NHL career, and was one of four Sharks to reach the milestone last season. San Jose already was without one such player after Joe Pavelski signed with the Dallas Stars in free agency, so Kane's return should boost the Sharks as they look to rebound from their worst start since 1993.
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