Kane insists there's nothing fishy about status

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Patrick Kane emerged from the Chicago Blackhawks locker-room yesterday to set the record straight on why he missed Game 3.

Was it really the flu, as reported? Or something more serious?

"To be honest," said the Hawks' star 20-year-old winger. "I had a funeral to go to back in Chicago.

"My goldfish I've had since I was 10 years old died. I had to go back there, say my prayers and flush him down the toilet. That's what really happened."

So the most important question is: Are you getting another goldfish?

"I just ordered a turtle. I will try my luck with that," Kane said with a laugh.

Clearly the flu bug Kane is said to have didn't sap his sense of humour.

The former first-overall pick was a late scratch for Game 3 with the illness, but based on his appearance at Chicago's practice yesterday, he should be fine for Game 4 tonight at the Dome.

Without Kane, the Hawks lost 4-2 Monday in what was a physically demanding game.

After the beating Kane took in Games 1 and 2 -- which included a bone-jarring hit from Flames winger Rene Bourque in the opener -- some thought the youngster needed to rest his weary body.

That was true, but for a different reason.

"It was just a case where I didn't feel good," Kane said. "I heard a lot of rumours about what happened. There is a lot said, but only one person really knows and that's myself.

"I just didn't feel great ... I didn't think I could contribute. I don't think it had anything to do with the hits. I feel a bit better today.

"Obviously, in Game 1 I was hit hard and I got up slow. But I played in Game 2. I thought that would be the answer for that. I guess there is still speculation. If I did have a concussion, I wouldn't be coming back for Game 4."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville also did his best to quash any questions about what ails the young sniper.

"I humour at the fact we tell you guys he's sick and you guys question that," Quenneville said. "I know I'm not guilty when I say he's sick and fine today. We'll leave it at that."

Being that his team lost Game 3 and he was out ill, another question is did it make Kane even more sick just watching from the hotel?

"I thought our team played pretty good," said Kane, who then spotted a teammate listening as he talked. "Watching a guy like Patrick Sharp out there, I see a superstar in the making with his great hands and finishing skills.

"Whenever you are watching a game knowing you aren't out there and could be out there stings a bit. We thought we played pretty well but just didn't get the bounces."


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