Detroit Red Wings fall to Buffalo in overtime, 3-2
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Evander Kane showed his skill, scoring a wraparound goal under the watchful eye of many NHL teams evaluating him in person.
Kane had a go-ahead goal late in the second period and Marco Scandella scored with a second left in overtime, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
About a dozen scouts were at the game checking out Kane as a player to possibly acquire and they had a great view of his 20th goal, which was scored directly in front of them in the press box. Kane told reporters earlier this week he expects to be traded before Monday’s deadline.
He was glad the Sabres didn’t scratch him to protect against injury.
“I understand the business so I can see why some teams choose to do that, but that’s not what I want,” Kane said. “I want to be on the ice with my team, no matter what is going to happen. I don’t want to watch.”
Some teams already out of the playoff race, including Buffalo and Detroit, are trying to trade players with expiring contracts for draft picks to potentially bolster the future of their franchises.
Kane is definitely a candidate to get dealt and perhaps one of the best players available.
The 26-year-old forward is expendable at least in part because he’s in the last season of his deal with a rebuilding team led by first-year general manager Jason Botterill.
Kane has 20 goals this season, ranking second on the team, and 177 in his career.
“Talented player,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “Real fast.”
Blashill was quick to bash the league’s goaltender interference rule, which he said wasn’t properly applied during a challenge of Kane’s goal.
“We have a rule as grey as grey can be,” he said.
The Red Wings scratched veteran defenseman Mike Green for a fourth straight game with an upper-body injury, but he might play Saturday.