Kane takes hit on knee, goes down, then returns

Patrick Kane, a member of the U.S. Olympic team, went down with

an injury to his right leg and gingerly skated to the bench early

in the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks game against the

Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kane was skating with the puck into the offensive zone when

Columbus defenseman Anton Stralman tried to hip-check him as he

crossed the blue line. Instead, their right knees slammed into each


The 21-year-old Kane, expected to play right wing on one of the

American team’s top lines, lay on the ice for two minutes. Chicago

teammate Troy Brouwer then fought with Stralman, with Brouwer

called for a double-minor for instigating.

Columbus tied the game at 4 on the second power play.

Kane did return after the goal.