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San Jose Sharks win without Erik Karlsson, Evander Kane

A Saturday that started with news that Erik Karlsson would miss the rest of the season with a broken thumb and the NHL had suspended Evander Kane for three games ended — perhaps remarkably — with a Sharks victory.

Dylan Gambrell broke a scoreless tie at the 3:08 mark of the third period and goalie Martin Jones made 39 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Sharks to a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Brent Burns took a pass from Antti Suomela and fed a shot toward the net that bounced off Gambrell and past Wild goalie Alex Stalock for his third goal of the season.

Melker Karlsson scored an empty-net goal with 15 seconds left to seal the victory, the fourth straight for the Sharks away from SAP Center. The Sharks return home to play the Florida Panthers on Monday afternoon.

Jones, making just his fourth start in 17 games since the start of January, stopped all 24 shots he saw in the first two periods as the Sharks killed penalties to Mario Ferraro and Kevin Labanc. Jones also had 15 saves in the third period as he picked up his first shutout since March 11 of last season against the Wild.

The Sharks also killed a delay of game penalty on Suomela with 7:02 left in regulation time,

Without Karlsson and Kane, the Sharks managed just 14 shots in the first 40 minutes and missed an opportunity to take an early lead on the power play.

The Sharks failed to cash in on a two-man advantage for 1:52 in the first period, and after Marcus Foligno took a high sticking penalty at the 16:28 mark of the first.

The Sharks announced Saturday morning that Karlsson would require surgery to repair a broken left thumb that he suffered the night before. In the third period of Friday’s game with the Winnipeg Jets, Karlsson, 29, appeared to be hurt following an awkward collision with center Joe Thornton.

The Sharks expect Karlsson, who leads the team with 40 points in 56 games, to be ready well in advance of training camp in the fall. Karlsson also leads the Sharks with 34 assists and is second among all skaters in average time on ice at 24:31.

Karlsson, in the first season of an eight-year, $92 million contract extension he signed in June, played 19:26 on Friday before he was injured.

Tim Heed dressed in place of Karlsson and started the game alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic as his partner. The Sharks recalled Jacob Middleton from the Barracuda to take Karlsson’s spot on the roster.

Shortly after the announcement of the NHL’s suspension later Saturday, Kane took to social media to rip into the NHL’s Department of Player Safety and its leader, George Parros, for what he felt has been a lack of consistency in its rulings.

Kane’s suspension stemmed from a penalty he took for elbowing Jets defenseman Neal Pionk in the third period of Friday’s game. But Kane issued a statement Saturday saying similar plays have gone unpunished by the league.

“The fact the NHL Department of Player Safety headed by George Parros continue to pick and choose who and what they suspend is ridiculous!,” Kane wrote. “There have been countless incidents of the same nature through this season and past seasons that have gone unsuspended for fined. No one person can tell you what is or isn’t a suspension in today’s game, it’s become a complete guess.

“There is a major lack of consistency with the NHL Department of Player Safety. A completely FLAWED system in so many ways. From the suspensions to the appeal rights, it’s baffling to me how we as players agreed to this.

“You can’t continue to give some players a pass and throw the book at others. There has to be an outside third party making these decisions to remove the bias that transpires in this department headed by George Parros. None of it makes any sense.”

Kane is fourth on the Sharks this season with 37 points in 54 games. He has a team-high 110 penalty minutes this year, and leads all forwards in average time on ice with 19 minutes and 40 seconds per game.

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