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Kane to miss Chicago’s game Friday for grandfather’s funeral


Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane will miss their game Friday night against the Phoenix Coyotes to attend his grandfather’s funeral.

Kane’s grandfather passed away on Monday and Kane dedicated his game that night against the Los Angeles Kings to him. The result? He scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-3 Blackhawks win.

Kane pointed to the sky after scoring his first goal of the game in what was an emotional night for him.

“He was one of my great friends growing up. It’s just a really sad day,” Kane said. “It was important to get the win. But anytime you get someone taken away from you who’s so close to you, it means so much. It was tough to hear that right before the game.”

The next game Kane will play will be for the United States as he heads to Sochi for the Olympics.

Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.


‘Canes lose Wisniewski (lower body) 47 seconds into debut

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James Wisniewski‘s time as a Carolina Hurricane is off to a troubling start.

Wisniewski, acquired by the ‘Canes at this year’s draft, exited Thursday’s season-opener against Nashville early in the first period with a lower-body injury.

Shortly thereafter, the team ruled out his return.

Wisniewski, 31, was expected to play a fairly significant role on Carolina’s defense this year.

It’s unclear what the injury is or how severe it might be, but initial reports don’t sound good; Wisniewski appeared to be in significant pain and had to be helped off the ice.