Kane is “on the mend” after leaving the Oilers game at the Lightning with a cut wrist
COVER — Evander Kane tweeted that he is “recovering” the morning after the Edmonton Oilers forward had to leave the ice when he suffered a deep cut on his left wrist in the second period of a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Amalie Arena on Tuesday.
The Oilers announced that Kane was stable and transported to the hospital for a procedure.
“Thank you all for the kind wishes and prayers over the past few hours,” Kane wrote. “Obviously, last night was an extremely scary time for me and I’m still in a little bit of shock. I’d like to thank the entire Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning training staff, along with all the doctors and paramedics who rushed in to help treat and repair my injury. Without all of you, I know things would have been much worse and I am truly grateful. I won’t be back for the next game, but I will be back and I hope to be back. about the ice playing the game I love alongside my teammates in front of our great fans.”
Kane will be out for an undetermined amount of time.
“I’m glad he’s OK,” Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said. “Obviously, it’s a scary situation. I don’t want to comment too much on it, but it’s a scary situation.”
Kane fell to the ice after a collision with Lightning defenseman Philippe Myers, and Tampa Bay forward Pat Maroon accidentally skated on his wrist. Kane quickly grabbed his wrist and applied pressure to the cut.
“I hope he’s OK,” Maroon said. “When you look down and see that much blood, you know something’s wrong. Obviously the lads are very worried about him. It’s a scary situation. You’d never wish that on any player in the League.”
Kane went to the bench and eventually to the locker room to be treated by the medical staff. The game was immediately stopped for several minutes.
“All of a sudden he was rushing as fast as I’ve ever seen and his eyes were as wide as a person’s eyes can be,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid said. “Obviously we got a sense of how alarming he was and how scared he was and we’re all scared for him. It’s obviously a situation you don’t want to see.”
Kane has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 14 games this season. He signed a four-year, $20.5 million contract on July 13.
“Our whole team and within our organization and most people in Edmonton are thinking about Evander Kane,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft said. “When an accident like this happens on the ice, that’s our first thought. Shout out to the great medical staff we have in our organization and the people here at the arena who responded quickly.”
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