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Evander Kane suspended 3 games for abuse of official

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The incident occurred midway through the third period of the Sharks’ 5-1 loss Sunday night.

Evander Kane of the San Jose Sharks shoves linesman Kiel Murchison in the third period of the Sharks’ preseason game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on September 29, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended three games for abuse of an official in the third period of the Sharks’ 5-1 preseason loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night.

League Commissioner Gary Bettman judged that the infraction was not worthy of the typical 10-game suspension Tuesday.

Curtis Pashelka of Bay Area News Group reported that Kane was suspended under Rule 40.4.

Any player who, by his actions, physically demeans any official or physically threatens an official by (but not limited to) throwing a stick or any other piece of equipment or object at or in the general direction of an official, shooting the puck at or in the general direction of an official, spitting at or in the general direction of an official, or who deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall be suspended for not less than three (3) games.

The incident originated when linesman Kiel Murchison attempted to separate Kane from Vegas defenseman Deryk Engelland. Murchison accidentally pushed Kane to the ice. Kane got back up and shoved Murchison. Kane was ejected and swore at officials as he left the ice.

Kane and Engelland were in an altercation for which both players received misconduct penalties.

Kane spoke to Fear the Fin’s Sheng Peng following the game. Kane alleged that Murchison intentionally pushed him to the ice.