Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights fans were treated to the match they were waiting for at the end of Game 3 on Sunday night. After days of verbal jabs and glares from the opposing benches, Evander Kane and Ryan Reaves finally fell into the gloves with minutes back in the competition – a devastating 6-3 loss for Team Teal.
But beef between Kane and Reaves isn not exclusive to this round in the first round. And although the two finally have to throw high tide on Sunday, it's probably not the end of the saga either.
Remember, mutual insult, as this develops for many years. Kane and Reaves have had the healthy animation level against each other for more than a decade as they both played against each other in the Western Hockey League (Kane played for Vancouver Giants and Reaves played for Brandon Wheat Kings).
The taste of each other then continued into both the NHL career of the skiers. The two exchanged a few jabs back in 201
Fast forward to the present and both skaters are on different teams, but hostility is still alive and well – and had grown to a fever height leading up to the game 3 throwdown. With the golden knights molding the sharks from last year's playoffs and other teams in the Pacific Division with the Seasons, the Vegas team has rapidly evolved into one of San Jose's most controversial rivals.
Before round 1 matchup, Kane said about Knights: "We will not invite each other for Sunday evening dinner."
Kane ended up fighting Reaves on a Sunday night.
Evander Kane and Ryan Reaves finally struggle after strangling all night pic.twitter.com/Rla9W0ktX4
– Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 15, 2019
The word war only adds fuel to the fire, whether it's on-ice chirps or cut jabs told to the media. Kane has referred to Reaves as the knights' "babysitter" and Reaves has quipped that Kane is not so tall when he is not on the ice. The two reached each other from their respective benches in Game 1 last week and finally their gloves fell in Game 3.
Sunday's match is probably not the end of this barbecue. Reaves kept the comments floating after the knights took the game 3 of the series by attacking Sharks center Joe Thornton's age for No. 19's control for Tomas Nose's head. As you may remember, Thornton and Reaves also had a few run-in during the regular season.
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Oh boy. Ryan Reaves on Thornton's answer to Nosek here: "I have a friend with a grandfather who goes through the same thing. He can't see very well because he's getting old. Need glasses. If he gets suspended, he has difficulty seeing from the press box " #VegasBorn
– Justin Emerson (@ J15Emerson) April 15, 2019
It is possible that Kane will stand up for his teammate, whether it is oral or on the ice. But Sharks fans certainly hope that Kane will not do anything to make him in trouble or cause him to miss game action.
Heck, at least you can say that this series is not boring.