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Watch Evander Kane, Ryan Reaves fight in Game 3 as Sharks-Vegas heats up

Watch Evander Kane, Ryan Reaves fight in Game 3 as Sharks-Vegas heats up

Evander Kane and Ryan Reaves' trash talk finally spilled over into an on-ice confrontation. 

Two days after they traded verbal jabs with Game 2 all but over, Kane and Reaves dropped the gloves and fought in the Sharks' 6-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night. 

Kane and Reaves have jawed with each other dating to the regular season. The former called the latter the Golden Knights' babysitter, and Reaves quipped before Game 2 that would make him "the highest-paid babysitter in the world."

Reaves made his displeasure with the Sharks' winger known before Game 3.

“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,” Reaves told reporters, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “That’s how he’s been every time I’ve played him in my career. I don’t expect it to stop."

The chirps continued after the game, but not from the participants. Sharks center Joe Thornton said he was impressed with Kane's response, and trolled Reaves in the process. 

"For a 30-goal scorer, boy he looked good in that fight, huh," Thornton quipped to reporters after the game. "It looked like Brett Hull fighting Ryan. It was tough to see Ryan go down like that versus a 30-goal scorer, but hopefully he'll have better luck next time."

[RELATED: Thornton penalized for illegal check to the head; suspension next?]

Kane, Thornton and the Sharks now trail Reaves and the Golden Knights two games to one in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series. With at least two more games to go, it doesn't seem like the animosity between these teams will go away any time soon.

Watch Sharks' Tomas Hertl score 2020 NHL All-Star Game-winning goal

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Watch Sharks' Tomas Hertl score 2020 NHL All-Star Game-winning goal

Tomas Hertl was pretty quiet for a majority of the NHL All-Star Game Final.

But with 2:36 remaining in the final period, Hertl gave the Pacific Division a 5-4 lead with a breakaway goal.

The Pacific would hang on to beat the Atlantic Division by that same score, taking home the $1 million dollar prize.

The goal was Hertl's only marker of the All-Star Game Final, but his fifth of the night as he scored four in the semifinal game.

Despite Hertl's gaudy numbers and game-winning goal, he didn't take home the All-Star Game MVP. That went to Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak.

Hertl will receive a hero's welcome when he returns to San Jose on Sunday. The Sharks open the second half of the season at home Monday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

Hopefully for the Sharks, Hertl can carry the momentum into the final few months of the season.

Sharks' Tomas Hertl scores four goals in NHL All-Star Game semifinal

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Sharks' Tomas Hertl scores four goals in NHL All-Star Game semifinal

It didn't take Sharks center Tomas Hertl long to get on the board in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game on Saturday night.

Midway through the first period of the Western Conference matchup, Hertl gave the Pacific Division a 3-0 lead over the Central Division with a breakaway goal.

Hertl took the outlet pass from Kings center Anze Kopitar and beat Blues goalie Jordan Binnington over his left shoulder.

But Hertl wasn't done. Not by a longshot, as he added three more goals to help the Pacific advance to the All-Star Game Final with a 10-5 win over the Central Division.

Hertl earned his first All-Star appearance as a replacement for captain Logan Couture, who fractured his ankle in early January.

In 46 games for the Sharks this season, Hertl has 15 goals and 20 assists.