Wing of San Jose Sharks Evander Kane called his dismissal for abuse of officials Sunday night an "absolute joke", claiming there was a double standard in the way the NHL treated him.
At 12 minutes, 51 seconds from the third period in the preseason loss to the Vegas Golden Knights, Kane and Derrick Engeland fell into contention after the Knights defender held Kane's baton after striking the sharks in the foreground.
Engeland cross-checked Kane, and Kane replied with a slash that also seems to connect with leader Kiln Murchison. As Kane skated up the ice, Murchison grabbed the front of Kane's T-shirt, apparently trying to prevent an escalation with Engeland, and they made their way to the ice.
The officials fined the two players for misconduct, but Kane was dismissed for abusing officials.
Evander Kane is dropped in his last preseason game for "abuse of officials". pic.twitter.com/OAKcqPWf2I
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"I was thrown out of the game because I was jumped from behind by a referee. five steps, "Kane said after the 5-1 defeat." If you look at his face, he's getting all this power and trying to get me into the ice. That's what he did. That's incredible. Talk about abuse of office? How about player abuse? That's an absolute joke? "
28-year-old Kane said he had no explanation for pushing him away.
"I just skated on the ice. I find my own business and the next thing you know, they make me ice one of one. I wasn't even involved with one of their players," he said. "Explain to me how I get kicked out of this game. Buffing."
Prior to his dismissal, Kane was punished for being rude and then fighting the knights forward Valentin Zikov. He said his treatment in the hands of the presenter is part of a larger model and that employees react to it differently than other players.
"It's funny … if you look at the way I treat myself when it comes to scandals or when the other team tries to make me [something] there is a huge difference compared to everyone else on the ice," he.
Kane was tied with Colorado quarterback Ian Cole for the NHL lead with three fouls last season.