Edmonton forward Evander Kane was injured in his left wrist by a skate blade Tuesday night and was taken to the hospital with a horrifying injury during the Oilers’ 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Oilers said Kane is in stable condition and is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday night.
“The news I’ve received so far is very limited that he’s in a good place,” said Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft. “He’s being well taken care of.”
“You shudder when you see that,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “It was hard to see. Hopefully he’ll be okay because you know, hockey, you fight each other. it’s a war [but] we’re still a family.”
Kane grabbed the injured area with his right hand and rushed to the bench before heading to the locker room.
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“It’s scary, definitely scary,” said Oilers star Connor McDavid. “I think you could feel the energy just sucked out throughout the rink. We think of him. We’re hearing he’s fine, but that’s obvious for now.”
McDavid had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who lost three straight games. Jack Campbell made 35 saves, and goals were added by Warren Foegele and Leon Draisaitl.
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Campbell made a series of powerful saves in the last minute.
McDavid extended his points streak to eight games (nine goals, 19 points). He has 14 goals in 14 games this season.
Draisaitl has a five-game scoring streak and one point in nine straight games (seven goals, 18 points).
Cooper called McDavid and Draisaitl “human highlight films.”
Brandon Hagel and Alex Killorn had Tampa Bay’s goals, and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 26 stops.
Blitzstar Nikita Kucherov extended his one-assist scoring streak to 11 games (14 assists, 20 points) but lost his six-game scoring streak. He left shortly late in the second after being slashed at the wrist.
McDavid and Draisaitl made power play goals during the first 4:07 of the second game to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead.
Oilers defenseman Ryan Murray maintained the one-goal lead when he wiped Maroon’s point-blank shot off the goal line with eight minutes remaining.
After the Oilers fired the first eight shots, the Oilers opened the scoring when Foegele had a shorthanded goal on Edmonton’s first shot to make it 7:15 in the game.
Hagel equalized 2:08 after Foegele’s goal. Tampa Bay beat Edmonton 16-7 in the first half — the Oilers arrived at their Tampa hotel around 3 a.m. after losing 4-5 in Washington Monday night.
The Oilers ended all five shorthanded situations after allowing the Capitals four power play goals. Edmonton went 2 for 4 on the power play.
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