Evander Kane and Ryan Reaves dropped the gloves during Game 3 in Las Vegas and the Sharks forward was not impressed.
Even though Reaves wound up on top at the end of the battle, Kane compared the Golden Knights’ winger to a character from a nursery rhyme.
“For the so-called toughest guy in the league, I don’t know if he landed a punch,” Kane told reporters, via Fear the Fin. “At times, I thought I was fighting the Muffin Man.
“Didn’t expect that, I expected more of a battle.”
Evander Kane and Ryan Reaves finally fight after chirping all night pic.twitter.com/Rla9W0ktX4
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 15, 2019
The fight, which came with two minutes left in the third period of Game 3, was the culmination of plenty of chirping between the pair and featured some serious haymakers from both players.
And, while Reaves appeared to make solid contact several times, Kane didn’t seem to have a mark and kept talking the second he stood up.
“For a guy who plays 3 1/2 minutes a night, he sure does a lot of talking,” Kane said. “I think he thinks it’s the WWE. He’s probably going to end up there pretty soon with the way his game looks.
“Another year left in his deal, I’m pretty sure Vince McMahon will be giving him a call pretty soon.”
Evander Kane’s full comments on Ryan Reaves fight, some highlights:
“He thinks it’s the WWE. Probably going to end up there pretty soon.”
“Nobody thinks of Ryan Reaves as a hockey player.”
“To chirp Jumbo’s vision. The guy has over 1,000 assists. That doesn’t seem too bright.” pic.twitter.com/JG5heW3zB4
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) April 16, 2019
Kane’s comments came after the fight and after a pre-game in which Reaves called out the forward for not wanting to take him on when the Golden Knights winger was on the ice.
“Kane gets 10 feet tall when I’m not on the ice, and when I’m out there, he doesn’t seem to do much,” Reaves said Sunday before Game 3. “That’s how he’s been every time I’ve played him in my career. I don’t expect it to stop.”
The Sharks forward clearly heard those quotes and returned to them after Game 4.
“He looked pretty short to me when he hit the ice there,” Kane said. “He wasn’t much more than a foot tall.”
The Golden Knights won the game 6-3 and lead the series 2-1 with Game 4 set for Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET.