Patrick Kane was the latest Blackhawk to come down with the flu, following Fernando Pisani, John Scott, Marian Hossa and Jake Dowell.
Even off-ice members of the Hawks organization caught the flu bug as it made its way through the locker room.
Kane missed practice Monday and Tuesday and needed multiple IV bags to get some fluids in him before playing the Minnesota Wild Wednesday.
But an internet report, which was accompanied by photos of Kane allegedly in a bar Sunday night, emerged Friday and suggested that Kane missed practice because he was hungover.
Kane was asked about the photos and the story after recording a goal and two assists in the Hawks' 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday at the United Center.
"That website kind of speaks for itself," Kane said. "You get two days off and you're sick and people are going to make up things. I don't know where the pictures came from, if they're from the summer or what.
"I guess that's the kind of reputation I have around here where you're sick for two days and people think you're doing that stuff."
Kane said a text from a friend notified him about the pictures and story.
"When you see that, your heart kind of drops, especially when you're sick," Kane said. "I think that website makes up a lot of stuff.
"I'm here to play hockey. That's what I love doing, especially at this time of year. I'm focused in on what this team needs to do and what I have to do. That's all I'll say about that."
Kane has admittedly struggled to regain his stride after injuring his ankle earlier this season, but he has started to click. He has three three-point games in his last five outings and now has 49 points in 49 games this season.