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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 tie franchise record for shots on goal allowed in one period

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Blackhawks tie franchise record for shots on goal allowed in one period

Well, things could be going better for the Blackhawks during Sunday's game against the Lightning.

In the second period Sunday, the Blackhawks surrendered 33 shots on goal, tying a franchise record for most in a single period. The previous instance occurred March 4, 1941 against the Boston Bruins, a game that the Blackhawks lost 3-2.

While the Blackhawks tied a franchise record for shots on goal allowed, they actually set an NHL record at the same time. The NHL did not begin recording shots on goal as an "official" statistic until the 1997-98 season.

Consequentially, Sunday's 33 shots on goal allowed in the second period is the "official" record, even though the Blackhawks accomplished the "feat" nearly 80 years ago. Confusing, huh? 

Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, they also surrendered three goals and scored zero in addition to the plethora of shots on goal allowed. They recorded just six shots on goal in the second period themselves, trailing 4-1 by the time the third period started.

Four takeaways: 'Vintage' Corey Crawford steals two points for Blackhawks

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Four takeaways: 'Vintage' Corey Crawford steals two points for Blackhawks

COLUMBUS — Here are four takeaways from the Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Saturday:

1. Corey Crawford steals the show

The Blackhawks had no business winning this game. They were being outshot 28-15 through two periods, committed four penalties and gave up 18 high-danger chances in the game. 

But Crawford bailed out his team like he often has done in the past, and was zoned in from the moment the puck dropped. He finished with 37 saves on 38 shots for a save percentage of .974, picking up his first win since Dec. 17, 2017.

"Yeah, I felt good," Crawford said. "I think everyone was playing hard, rebounds, taking away sticks. That was a great effort by everyone."

"He was standing on his head for us," Patrick Kane said. "As Q would say, that’s a goalie win for us."

Said coach Joel Quenneville: "That was vintage Crow."

2. Tic-tac-toe leads to go-ahead goal

The Blue Jackets were clearly the better team through two periods. The Blackhawks were fortunate to go into second intermission with the game still tied at 1-1.

The next goal was crucial, and they got it thanks to a Marcus Kruger redirection goal. The next one was the dagger, a beautiful give-and-go play by Brent Seabrook and Kane, who buried home a wide open net to give the Blackhawks a 3-1 lead with 4:14 left in regulation.

Was Kane expecting Seabrook to pass it back?

"No. Not a chance," Kane said laughing. "That’s his wheelhouse, coming right down there. He scores a lot of goals from that area. Saw it was like a 2-on-2, he was coming late, he jumped in the play on the first goal, did a great job, jumped in the play on that goal. Made a great pass. When I saw it come back, I just tried to stay patient, settle it down and make sure I hit the net, because I knew I had the whole open net."

3. Busy night for PK

The Blackhawks penalty kill was very busy. It was also on it's A-game, partly because their best penalty killer was Crawford.

The Blackhawks spent 6:31 of the first 40 minutes killing penalties, allowing 11 shots total on it. But most importantly, they killed off all four penalties.

"We had some tough clears, but I thought we did some good things," Quenneville said. "We withstood some extended PK zone time there and found a way to keep us in the game. Obviously that next goal was huge and that second period was a big part of them having so much zone time, keeping us in our end. We'll say, hey good job, but Crow was the best penalty killer tonight."

4. Catching up with Kane on Artemi Panarin

Kane and Panarin spent only two seasons together, but they brought Blackhawks fans out of their seats on a nightly basis and it was amazing to watch the instant on-ice chemistry they shared. And most of it was non-verbal, which made it even more impressive. They were always on the same wavelength.

"Sometimes it takes time to build some chemistry but that was one of those things where it was like, I don't want to say instant chemistry, but after one or two preseason games we kind of new that maybe something special was going to happen," Kane told NBC Sports Chicago. "I think he scored in his first game in the NHL, we had a really good game, we had the puck a lot, we sensed that this could be a fun way to play hockey."

Off the ice, Kane said Panarin would use Google translate on his phone to communicate while Kane would try using a Russian accent while saying English words.

The two of them got a chance to hang out for a little bit on Friday and Kane still keeps tabs on his former linemate.

"I always really enjoy watching him," Kane said. "If we have an off night or something, he's a really fun player to watch."