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Oilers’ Evander Kane to hospital as skate blade cuts wrist

Oilers’ Evander Kane to hospital as skate blade cuts wrist

TAMPA, Fla. — Edmonton forward Evander Kane was cut on the left wrist by a skate blade Tuesday night and taken to the hospital with a frightening injury during the Oilers’ 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Oilers said Kane was in stable condition and scheduled to undergo a procedure Tuesday night.

“The news that I’ve received so far — it’s very limited — is that he’s in a good spot,” Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said. “He’s getting well taken care of.”

Kane got tangled with Lightning defenseman Philippe Myers just inside the Edmonton defensive zone and while on the ice was cut by Tampa Bay forward Pat Maroon’s skate blade 3 minutes, 27 seconds into the second period.

“You cringe when you see that,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “It was tough to see. Hopefully he’s going to be OK because, you know, hockey, you battle against each other. It’s a war, [but] we’re still a family.”

Kane grabbed the lacerated area with his right hand and rushed to the bench before heading for the locker room.

“It’s scary, certainly scary,” Oilers star Connor McDavid said. “I think you could feel the energy in the entire rink kind of just get sucked out. We’re thinking about him. We’re hearing he’s doing OK, but that’s obviously initial.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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