More fear than harm for Patrick Kane

More fear than harm for Patrick Kane

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Chicago Blackhawks fans got a bit of a scare when they saw star Patrick Kane leave Wednesday's game in the second period, but the caution of the team's general staff may have saved him from sustaining a more serious injury. 

After his men lost 4-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, head coach Luke Richardson indicated that Kane was shot in the lower body. One streak in particular caught the eye two days earlier, during a visit from the San Jose Sharks. The American was tackled hard by Evgeny Svechnikov late in the game and had to chase away the pain on his bench.

Thursday, Richardson explained that the winger had not taken part in training on the ice of the “Hawks” to practice on the sidelines.

“It was a practice in the gym for him today to allow him to rest and relax, explained to NBC Sports Chicago the former defender. […] If he's doing well and the pain is going away and he's feeling good tomorrow [Friday], he's definitely going to try to play, so that's good.”

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The Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes at United Center on Friday night, and Kane's presence or absence will be confirmed prior to the game. It was young Lukas Reichel who took his place on the right of Max Domi on the team's first unit in training.

The 34-year-old veteran has accumulated 27 points in 37 games this season. The Blackhawks are last in the National Hockey League standings with eight wins and 20 points.