Cross-check earns Sharks’ Evander Kane 1-game suspension

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane received a one-game suspension for cross-checking Vegas forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Kane struck Bellemare in the arm and then the head after a whistle late in the third period of the Golden Knights’ 7-0 win. He was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

“I can’t even fathom what he’s probably gone through on the injury front,” the manager said. “The organization is really happy. And for good reason. He’s a good pitcher and probably a better person.”

Cash gave Venters a big hug when the pitcher walked into his office.

“I cannot imagine what he’s been through,” Cash said. “For me personally, I was excited to shake his hand and say, ‘Congrats.”

To make room for Venters, the Rays sent reliever Hunter Wood to Durham.

“He had some things he needed to go home and take care of,” Green said. “Respecting his privacy and his family’s wishes. We’ll just kind of leave it at that right now.”

The Padres also selected the contract of left-hander Eric Lauer from Triple-A El Paso and had him start Tuesday night.

Lauer (0-1), a first-round pick of the Padres in 2016, had a rough outing in his major league debut, allowing seven runs, six earned, over three innings. He also picked up his first big league hit on a bloop single.

To make room for Lauer, San Diego designated lefty Buddy Baumann for assignment.

“The rule states that under 2 minutes we are not allowed to review a potential 24-second violation unless the ball goes in the basket,” Mauer said, according to a pool report distributed by the league.

“There’s going to be good things that happen out there and there’s going to be bad things that happen out there,” Murray said. “It’s about how you respond. We did a good job of that.”

The Capitals gave the Penguins a couple of solid punches in the series opener but didn’t respond well when some bounces went against them early in the third. A deflection goal by Hornqvist, a puck that went off Ovechkin’s stick to Crosby and then a redirection by Guentzel took the air out of the building and ruined a strong start by Holtby.

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