Sharks' Kane calls linesman's actions 'an absolute joke'
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San Jose Sharks winger Evander Kane made it clear he wasn't happy with how he was treated by the officials in Sunday night's heated preseason contest against the Vegas Golden Knights.

"It's funny how, if you look at the way I get treated out there when it comes to the scrums or whatever it may be, what the other team's trying to do to me, there's a massive difference compared to everybody else on the ice," Kane said postgame, according to the Mercury News' Curtis Pashelka. "I've never seen, I get kicked out of the game for getting jumped from behind by a referee (Kiel Murchison)."

Kane was ejected following an altercation Sunday with Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland and linesman Murchison.

With about eight minutes remaining in the third period, Kane slashed Murchison in an apparent attempt to whack Engelland. Moments later, Murchison skated over to further separate the two players and brought Kane down to the ice.

"I've never seen the refs take five strides and if you look at his face, he's getting all his power and trying to drive me into the ice, which is what he did," Kane said. "That's unbelievable. Talk about abuse of an official, what about abuse of a player? It's an absolute joke."

The San Jose forward added that he wasn't given an adequate explanation for why he was ejected.

"I have no idea, and then I got kicked out of the game," he said. "I was just skating up the ice. Whistle went, minding my own business, and next thing you know, I'm driven into the ice by the official for doing nothing. I wasn't even engaged with one of their players. So you have to explain that to me how that makes any sense, how I get kicked out of the game for that. Baffling."

Kane's abuse of official penalty generally carries an automatic 10-game suspension, but that would need to be enforced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who's unlikely to do so before Tuesday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.

Sunday's 5-1 win by the Golden Knights featured 114 penalty minutes.

Sharks' Kane calls linesman's actions 'an absolute joke'
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