Patrick Kane had every reason not to play Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

Hours before the start of the Blackhawks’ 5-3 win, Kane learned that his grandfather, Donald Kane, had died.

As difficult as it was for Kane to play, he put on an inspired performance against the Kings, scoring two goals and assisting on another to lead the Blackhawks to their third win this season over the Kings.

After the game, an emotional Kane said it was difficult playing knowing that the man who played such an important role in his life was gone.


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