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Evander Kane torches Ryan Reaves after Game 3 fight, Joe Thornton comments

Evander Kane torches Ryan Reaves after Game 3 fight, Joe Thornton comments

Evander Kane and Ryan Reaves have a history, and they don't like each other.

Their mutual distaste for each other finally hit a boiling point Sunday night when Kane and Reaves finally dropped gloves and fought during the third period of the Vegas Golden Knights' 6-3 win over the Sharks in Game 3 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. 

Ahead of Tuesday night's critical Game 4, Kane was asked about the skirmish with his nemesis and absolutely scorched Reaves in the process. 

"For the so-called toughest guy in the league, I don't think he landed a punch," Kane said. "At times, I thought I was fighting the Muffin Man. Didn't expect that, I expected a lot more of a battle.

"I was able to handle him. I think he lost a bit of his allure in terms of toughness."

Kane didn't stop there, though.

Reaves told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Kane, "gets 10 feet tall when I’m not on the ice, and when I’m out there, he doesn’t seem to do much. That’s how he’s been every time I’ve played him in my career. I don’t expect it to stop.”

Kane threw another verbal haymaker in response.

"He looked pretty short to me when he hit the ice there," Kane said. "He wasn't much more than a foot tall. For a guy who plays three-and-a-half to four minutes a night, he sure does a lot of talking.

"I think he thinks it’s the WWE, and I think he’s probably going to end up there pretty soon with the way his game looks. I think he’s got another year left on his deal, and I’m sure Vince McMahon will be giving him a call pretty soon."

Reaves also fired a shot at Joe Thornton, who was suspended for Game 4 for an illegal hit in Game 3, over his age. 

Kane had his teammates back and put Reaves in a proverbial bag to end finish the session.

“To chirp Jumbo’s vision — the guy has over 1,000 assists — that doesn’t seem too bright,” Kane said. “One of the best passers, one of the best guys with vision on the ice to ever play the game. It just shows a lot about his hockey knowledge and his hockey IQ. Clearly, it’s lacking.”

Put some ice on it, Ryan.

While Kane won the war of words and the on-ice skirmish, the Sharks still find themselves trailing the series 2-1 ahead of Tuesday night's Game 4 in Sin City.

[RELATED: How Thornton's suspension affects Sharks lineup in Game 4]

With its season teetering on the brink, San Jose will need to harness the aggression Kane showed toward Reaves and channel it into crisp hockey in order to tie the series. 

NHL awards: Sharks' Joe Thornton misses out on first Masterton Trophy

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NHL awards: Sharks' Joe Thornton misses out on first Masterton Trophy

Before Joe Thornton makes his return to the Sharks official by putting pen to paper, the veteran center missed out an adding another trophy to his collection.

The 39-year-old did not pick up the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at Wednesday's 2019 NHL Awards as "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey," with the award going to New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner.

The 2018-19 season marked Thornton's second consecutive campaign recovering from a torn ACL and MCL. He tore the ligaments in his right knee on Jan. 23, 2018, just over nine months after doing the same in his left knee. 

Despite that, Thornton scored 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 73 regular-season games during his 21st NHL season and became a fixture on the Sharks' third line. It was his 17th season with at least 50 points, tying him for 10th in NHL history with the most such seasons. 

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Lehner, 27, won 25 games with the Islanders and was second among NHL goalies (minimum of 10 games played) in save percentage (.930) and third in goals against average (2.13) in the best season of his career.

Before the season, Lehner wrote an article for The Athletic and revealed he had suicidal thoughts while battling drug and alcohol addiction. He wrote that he "was diagnosed bipolar 1 with manic phases" while underoing treatment in Arizona, and revealed his struggles in order to "help make a difference and help others the way I have been helped." 

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Nick Foligno was the other finalist. Foligno, 31, scored 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 73 games, missing time in November and March as two of his three children had separate health scares. He told NHL.com's Dan Rosen in a story this week that his nomination was "humbling and I appreciate it, but it's something that feels weird to me because I get to play a game for a living, and I've got a pretty good life considering all this stuff."

NHL awards: Sharks' Brent Burns finishes second in Norris Trophy voting

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NHL awards: Sharks' Brent Burns finishes second in Norris Trophy voting

Brent Burns made the medal stand, but he did not pick up his second career Norris Trophy on Wednesday.

Instead, Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano won his first at the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

Burns, 34, scored 83 points (16 goals, 67 assists) in 82 games, setting a Sharks franchise record for points by a defenseman. He became the first blueliner to score at least 82 points in a season since Karlsson did so with the Ottawa Senators in 2015-16, and only the 48th in NHL history.

This marked the third time in the last four seasons that Burns was a finalist for the award, and he dressed for the occasion.

Burns finished second in the Professional Hockey Writers Association's balloting.

Giordano, 35, scored a career-high 74 points (17 goals, 57 assists) and led the Western Conference-leading Flames in ice time en route to being a first-time Norris finalist. 

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman was the other nominee. Hedman, 28, scored 54 points (12 goals, 42 assists) in 70 games, leading the loaded Lightning to a runaway President's Trophy win in a record-setting regular season.