Evander Kane and Kevan Miller
The second half of a back-to-back between Buffalo and Boston featured a near-scrap between Evander Kane and Kevan Miller. Unhappy about post-game comments made by Miller, Kane took to Twitter to call out the Bruins defenseman.
Evander Kane’s use of social media has gotten him in hot water before, but it’s not pushups or a money phone making headlines this time around.
Rather, the Sabres winger turned some heads Sunday when he took to Twitter to call out Bruins blueliner Kevan Miller for being both a liar and “pretender” for comments he made post-game about a dustup that occurred between he and Kane during Saturday’s game in the second-half of a back-to-back between Buffalo and Boston.
First, the incident in question. Midway through the second period Saturday, Kane and Miller got tangled up as the play moved up the ice and out of the Bruins zone. As contact was made, Miller’s stick came up and caught Kane in the face and the two players squared off in front of the benches. Both Kane and Miller exchanged some shoves and, as the linesmen stepped in, Kane dropped his gloves and tried to get at Miller as the linesmen held the two potential combatants apart:
For his trouble, Miller was slapped with a minor for roughing, while Kane incurred a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct as well as a misconduct for his outburst. That’s not what set Kane off, though. What irked him was Miller saying that Kane “was excited to fight when the referees came in, not before,” according to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.
Kane offered a much more public rebuttal:
That wasn’t the end of it, however, as Miller commented on Kane’s social media post following Bruins practice on Sunday, reiterating what he had said following the New Year’s Eve contest.
“He wanted to fight when the refs came in and now he’s using Twitter, which is whatever-you-want-to-call-it,” Miller said, according to Haggerty. “He seems to have to say that when we don’t play them again. That’s my thought. He knew I wanted to [fight]. There’s no ands, ifs or buts about it.”
There’s almost certain to be some questions posed to Kane about the situation the next time he meets with media, but those thinking there will be some finality to this situation between Kane and Miller this season will have to wait. As Miller pointed out, the Bruins and Sabres don’t meet again this season, barring an unlikely playoff matchup.
It seems Miller is going to remember this, though. Or, as he told reporters on Sunday, “There’s always next year.”
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