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Patrick Kane participates in Day 1 of Blackhawks camp

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Patrick Kane participates in Day 1 of Blackhawks camp

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Patrick Kane’s name was announced early in the Blackhawks’ first scrimmage, after he assisted on an Andrew Desjardins goal.

The crowd response: some boos, mainly cheers.

“That's a pretty cool reaction, especially, you know, given the circumstances,” said Kane. “I didn't really know what to expect, but I thought it was ... you know, it's one of those things when you're going out on the ice, you don't know what's going to happen, and to hear that reaction from the crowd, it definitely gave me chills. So, it was an exciting moment."

After a bizarre press conference on Thursday during which Kane gave a statement and then declined to answer many questions, Kane joined his teammates on the ice to begin training camp on Friday. Kane begins camp while still being investigated for an alleged rape that may have occurred at his home in early August. He has not been charged with anything.

[MORE: Blackhawks test out new 3-on-3 OT format during training camp]

Kane, addressing reporters again following Friday’s scrimmages, said he talked to his family following Thursday’s press conference.

“It’s one of those situations, I’m not going to lie it’s like an awkward situation," Kane said. "You can’t really answer anything and you’re pretty much saying the same thing for every question and not that it’s something you want to do, it’s just the way it has to be right now. They understand the situation and they’ve been very supportive obviously.

"My parents have been there since Day 1. I moved away when I was 13 years old to Detroit and when I wanted to come back after the first day to up until now they’ve been very supportive. It’s been very good to have that support from my mom, my dad, my sisters, my girlfriend.”

Teammates say Kane’s demeanor is the same.

"He was happy and wanted to be back playing hockey and being with the guys," Bryan Bickell said. "It doesn’t look like any of it has affected him."

[RELATED: Bryan Bickell still feeling vertigo symptoms]

On Friday Kane was asked, considering how Thursday went, if he was still confident coming to camp was the right decision. Kane said he was.

“I got invited to camp, I’m happy to be here and I just want to get better every day, enjoy being a good teammate and enjoy being around my teammates too,” Kane said. “Last night we had dinner, just kind of sat around, watching football and just talked about life itself with my teammates.

"It was good just to talk to them about everything that’s not included with this situation. So it was fun doing that, fun to be around my teammates. I’m extremely happy to be here and it was a good first day.”

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident:

Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

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Cue Chelsea Dagger: Blackhawks blow out Capitals to snap eight-game losing streak

Win one game.

That was Joel Quenneville’s message during the Blackhawks’ eight-game losing streak, which finally came to an end on Saturday night.

How about a 7-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on home ice for a streak-breaker? Now that’s more like it.

Prior to Saturday, the Blackhawks hadn’t recorded a win in February — or a win at the United Center since Jan. 12. 

Though the Blackhawks will likely miss the playoffs for the first time since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were rookies, a blowout win over the leaders of the Metropolitan Division Capitals had to have felt great.

"It’s a nice way to get over the hump," Toews said. "Sometimes you might just win a 2-1 game or just kind of grind it out, but it was nice for us to fill the net the way we did tonight."

Added Joel Quenneville, "Certainly feels 100 times better than coming in and trying to explain how we had a lead and were unable to sustain it. The complete 60 minutes, three periods the right way, more consistency in our game, way more pace than we’ve seen recently, composure with the puck, shooting around the net. It was fun but that’s one. Let’s see how we respond to this because there’s a lot of hockey left."

The Blackhawks are 25-26-8 with 58 points, and are 11 points out the final wild card spot, currently held by the Minnesota Wild.

Among the highlights:

— Seven different Blackhawks scored: Toews, Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Brandon Saad, Artem Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman

— The Blackhawks are 74-6-4 in the regular season in which Kane and Toews both record a goal — and 41-0-0 in their last 41 games, according to NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka.

— Kane registered career assist No. 500, becoming the sixth Blackhawk with 500 or more. Kane is also the seventh U.S.-born player with 300-plus goals and 500-plus assists, joining Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Pat LaFontaine, Joe Mullen and Phil Housley, according to Kamka.

"You think about the amount of great Americans that have played the game, how many players actually play hockey in the United States... Growing up all I wanted to do was play hockey," Kane said. "That means a lot, especially when you talk about American-born players."

— DeBrincat's 22nd goal of the season has him tied for the rookie-lead with Tampa Bay Lightning's Yanni Gourde. DeBrincat and Kane also lead the Blackhawks with 22 goals.