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Evander Kane gets two assists, praise in his winning Sharks debut

TAMPA, Fla. – Evander Kane says being in a meaningful game got the juices flowing. The score sheet reflected that.

Kane, traded from the last-place Sabres on Monday, had two assists Tuesday night in his San Jose debut. His helpers came on the Sharks' opening two goals, propelling them to a 5-2 victory over Edmonton.

"I kind of come from not playing so much meaningful hockey to playing some meaningful hockey," Kane told reporters in San Jose. "Obviously, you get a little ramped up, and I just tried to change the game in any way I can. It's good to get on the board and contribute offensively and also with some other elements."

Kane led the Sharks with four hits while skating 16:34.

"That's one thing that I think everyone is so excited for, that edge that he plays with," Sharks captain and linemate Joe Pavelski said. "That compete level. You see it right away. For us to insert that now, it definitely has given us some depth and created a few more opportunities for us."

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The Sharks improved to 34-21-9 and are second in the Pacific Division. The Sabres received a 2019 second-round pick for Kane, but that becomes a first-rounder if San Jose re-signs the left winger or wins the Stanley Cup.

"He brings a little bit of everything to the table," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said of Kane. "That's why he's as valuable as he is and as highly thought of as he is in the league. I liked his game tonight. I thought he worked really hard away from the puck. The offense and physicality are things you take for granted, but I thought defensively and away from the puck, he really worked hard."

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