Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane wasn’t exactly making friends during his team’s recent two-game trip to Vegas to kick off their playoff series.
During a 5-1 drubbing in Game 2 to even up the series at one game apiece, Kane was publicly enemy No. 1 on and off the ice at T-Mobile Arena.
The first 14 of Kane’s 24 penalty minutes during last night’s game came in an incident with the Golden Knights’ Keegan Kolesar late in the second period, with the Oilers up 5-0 and following a fight between Edmonton’s Brett Kulak and Vegas’ Brett Howden.
Kane landed a series of punches on Kolesar while he was down on the ground, and the visiting forward was met with a pair of middle fingers by an, er, passionate Golden Knights fan in the aftermath of the brouhaha.
Someone is not a fan of Evander Kane pic.twitter.com/okRPxuc73O
— Gino Hard (@GinoHard_) May 7, 2023
“You don’t see a lot of guys getting jumped from behind and headlocked,” Kane told reporters following the game. “When you want to f*ck** around, sometimes you gotta find out. We get up 5-0 and we know they’re going to try and run around and cause sh*t. Get involved in the game somehow. I thought we did a great job answering there.”
There really is nothing like the NHL Playoffs 🤣📸 pic.twitter.com/XnGklUmr2N
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) May 7, 2023
The Oilers’ official account posted a meme of the incident, sharing a pic of the “5-1” score line over top of her middle fingers.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 7, 2023
Vegas-based photographer David Becker posted a GIF of the incident with the glass-side fan.
Edmonton Oilers' Evander Kane blows a kiss to Vegas Golden Knight fan as she expresses her opinion. #evanderkane #edmontonoilers #lasvegas #nhl #hockey #playoffs #stanleycup pic.twitter.com/ZeMzhiBVep
— David Becker (@davidjaybecker) May 7, 2023
And Oilers fans themselves had plenty to say about the incident.
Top level trolling by the @EdmontonOilers social media team https://t.co/xfH1aezdxt
— Mike Le Couteur (@mikelecouteur) May 7, 2023
— Sean Gallagher (@GallagherRadio) May 7, 2023
Hang it in the louvre https://t.co/WQYN6qjzLt
— Brodeur (@88Oilers) May 7, 2023
Name a better tweet by a sports team. There isn’t one. https://t.co/MfunErZRTa
— Declan Regan (@mrdeclanregan) May 7, 2023
The Oilers return home to Rogers Place on Monday night, when they host the Golden Knights for Game 3 of the series at 6:30 pm MT.
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