Watch Sharks' Evander Kane score goal in first game after suspension

Watch Sharks' Evander Kane score goal in first game after suspension

Evander Kane notched a pair of firsts in his return to the Sharks' lineup.

Kane scored his first goal of the season -- and San Jose's first power-play marker of 2019-20 -- in the second period Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

The winger parked in front of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne and tipped in Logan Couture's shot from the face-off circle to cut Nashville's lead to 2-1.

The Sharks’ offense and power play struggled without Kane, who was suspended for the first three games of the season for "abuse of officials" in San Jose's preseason finale. In his absence, the Sharks scored just three goals -- none on the power play -- and fell to 0-3-0 after lopsided losses to the Pacific Division rival Vegas Golden Knights and Anaheim Ducks.

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Kane scored 30 goals for the second time in his NHL career, and was one of four Sharks to reach the milestone last season. San Jose already was without one such player after Joe Pavelski signed with the Dallas Stars in free agency, so Kane's return should boost the Sharks as they look to rebound from their worst start since 1993.

Sharks' Evander Kane announces daughter's birth after 'tough journey'


Sharks' Evander Kane announces daughter's birth after 'tough journey'

Just over a year after losing their daughter during pregnancy, Sharks forward Evander Kane and his wife, Anna, welcomed another daughter into the world.

The Kanes announced the birth of their daughter, Kensington Ava, on Thursday on social media. Evander Kane said his daughter was born on July 3. 

"My wife Anna is a rockstar, the strength and love she has displayed over the last 18 months," Kane wrote on Twitter. "We want to thank everyone who has reached out during this period in support of our family and (we) appreciate the kind words throughout this journey. I'm so proud of my daughter, it's tough to put into words how much she means to me."

Kane thanked the Sharks, their fans, his friends and family "for their overwhelming love" during a difficult time. Last March, Kane announced that their daughter, Eva, passed away 26 weeks into Anna's pregnancy.

"You gave us all, especially your mom and I, something to be excited about," Kane wrote of Eva on Twitter on March 14, 2019. "And though we are devastated that you couldn't stay with us longer, your mom and I will always cherish the time we had with your beautiful soul. Your spirit will give us strength, your love will give us comfort. We will love you forever."

The Sharks, San Jose teammate Mario Ferraro and Hockey Diversity Alliance co-founder Akim Aliu all commented on Kane's Instagram post on Thursday.

Sharks' Tomas Hertl explains funny, simple reason why he wears No. 48

Sharks' Tomas Hertl explains funny, simple reason why he wears No. 48

Tomas Hertl has a huge year ahead of him. As he returns from ACL and MCL surgery, he and his wife Aneta are expecting the birth of their first child in November.

Sharks fans everywhere can't wait for No. 48 to get back on the ice. But how did he pick that number? It’s quite simple.

“They give it to me,” he wrote in a recent NHLPA questionnaire.

Enough said.

But before Hertl was the Sharks’ All-Star center, he had other aspirations.

Believe it or not, he wrote in the questionnaire that he wanted to be an architect if he wasn’t going to be a hockey player. But he was born to play hockey.

His dad, Jaroslav, during the winter in his native in Prague, would create nets (measuring the perfect size) on the frozen ponds near where he lived. Hertl’s dad would even kick off skaters if they were recreationally using the area where he wanted to play hockey.

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As much as Hertl could have thrived as an architect, his career as a hockey star was destined.