NHL suspends Sharks’ Evander Kane for Game 2

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The San Jose Sharks will need to find a way to solve the riddle that is the Vegas Golden Knights without Evander Kane in Game 2.

Kane received a one-game suspension for cross-checking Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the head during the Golden Knights’ stunning 7-0 win in Game 1. You can see footage of that hit and some commentary in the video above this post’s headline.

[NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Hub]

If you want a little more insight on the decision, here’s the official explanation video from the NHL:

Kane has been a great asset for the Sharks since being traded from the Buffalo Sabres. He scored 14 points in 17 regular-season games and was productive in the first round. While he was blanked in Game 1 against Vegas, the 26-year-old generated three goals and one assists for four points through his first five career postseason games. Now he’ll face his first playoff suspension.

Game 2 airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. You can stream it live here.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.