Evander Kane torches the Washington Capitals. He did it when wearing an Atlanta Thrashers uniform, and he did it last week wearing a Winnipeg Jets uniform.
Kane has seven goals and two assists in his past five games against the Caps.
“He’s a good player. There’s no doubt about that. But some teams, some players, they love playing against some teams,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I wish players didn’t like playing against us, but evidently he does.”
It’s hard to explain that sort of thing. Kane said last week before facing Caps in Winnipeg that, yes, he did have a little bit of success last season against them. Then he went out and scored two more
“He’s fast player, he’s got a good shot. Obviously that give us a little bit problem last game,” Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun said. “He got free a couple times and score a couple goals.”
Kane scored more than a quarter of his goals last season against the Caps. Something about Washington brings out the best in him.
“Lots of speed. He’s playing with confidence, a good leader – always hard-working,” defenseman Roman Hamrlik said. “Playing against him, he always works hard. That’s why he’s playing with so much confidence.”
Kane definitely has some swagger in games against the Caps, something they hope to stifle Wednesday night at Verizon Center. Don’t think they don’t know just how much of a Caps-killer Kane has proven to be.
“Hopefully it’ll be made notice,” Boudreau said. “Players will know about it.”