If it wasn't the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, chances are Patrick Kane
would have sat out the fourth meeting between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings this season with a "lower-body injury."
Since it was the Winter Classic, the Hawks' sophomore sniper suited up in his retro uniform and skated through the pain.
"It was one of those games you can't really pass up to play in," Kane said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience to play in one of these games. I wanted to get out there with all the atmosphere. You feel like you're skating on an open field."
Kane skated for 17:51 relatively ineffective minutes. He had three shots on goal, but did not register a point on any of the Blackhawks four goals.
"I haven't had too many injuries so I've got to kind of learn how to play through the pain and through these kinds of things," Kane said. "It wasn't really a fun thing to deal with, but at the same time I guess you've got to learn. That's why it's hockey. It's a tough game. It was a different challenge for me."
Kane was injured when Wings forward Dan Cleary checked him hard into the half-wall just over seven minutes into Tuesday night's game at Joe Louis Arena. He said his skate got caught in the ice and he fell awkwardly.
He left the game, but returned for the second period and played out the 4-0 loss. Kane got on the Wrigley Field ice for practice Wednesday, but all he did was take a few strides before going off. He said there was no reason to be a hero in practice.
It wouldn't be a surprise if Kane sat out Sunday's game at the United Center against the Calgary Flames.
"I have to fight through those things as time goes on," he said. "You're never going to be completely healthy out there. It was tough for me (Thursday)."
Author: Dan Rosen | NHL.com Staff Writer