Kane returns to practice

– He skated hard, he rifled wrist shots and he made crisp passes. Patrick Kane is back … sort of.

Wednesday, the Chicago Blackhawks star winger participated in his first practice with teammates since suffering a broken left collarbone.

"I thought it was a pretty good step [Wednesday] skating with the team," Kane said. "I'm happy about that. I'm not really sure what the next step is."

The initial timetable called for Kane to be sidelined 12 weeks from the injury suffered Feb. 24 against Florida. Despite his return Wednesday, five weeks since surgery to stabilize the injury with a plate and screws, Kane said the timetable remains the same.


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