Evander Kane Ejected After Hitting Radko Gudas In The Head

  • San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane was ejected from Tuesday’s 5-2 loss against the Washington Capitals for elbowing Caps defenseman Radko Gudas.
  • The hit came shortly after Kane scored a goal in what had already clearly been developing into a lopsided win for the Capitals. Gudas clearly seemed disoriented by the hit, as he was helped to the bench by Capitals’ staff.
  • Both Kane and Gudas have extensive histories of supplemental discipline in the NHL.
  • Most recently, Kane was suspended for three games for abuse of an official heading into the 2019-20 season. Gudas’ most recent suspension came for two games for high-sticking back in February, so both have been suspended during the calendar year.
  • As you can see, Tom Wilson chirped the Sharks about their lack of a Stanley Cup ring following the Kane hit:

  • Following the game, Capitals head coach Todd Reirden called the hit out, as ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski reported.

“It’s a high hit. It’s a reviewable penalty. The league will deal with it from there,” Reirden said. “But it’s the type of stuff we’re working to remove from the game.”

  • Gudas didn’t return to the game for the Capitals, but considering that it was late in the third period of a game that wasn’t very close, that isn’t all that surprising.
  • Even so, it wouldn’t be surprising if Gudas suffered a longer-lasting injury from that hit.
Sources & Credits: NBC Sports
NHL Highlights | Capitals vs Sharks – Dec. 3, 2019

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