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Patrick Kane takes part in scrimmage for first time

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Patrick Kane looked like himself Sunday at Johnny's IceHouse West. He was stick-handling past defenders, putting pressure on opposing goalies and showing off his coveted offensive skills.

As far as his surgically repaired wrist, it held up just fine in his first scrimmage during Blackhawks training camp.

"I was thinking about it [Saturday] night," Kane said. "I had the two practices [during the first day of camp], one was like a half hour and one was maybe 25 minutes. I thought I needed to do more to get myself in game shape when I come back. That was pretty much the main reason I wanted to play. I talked to the doctor this morning. He said, 'Go ahead. ... If you feel any pain, stop.' That was pretty much the decision."

All Kane did was score two goals and record an assist in his first game-like action. His second goal was a good sign that his wrist, which he needed surgery on this summer to repair a fracture, is healing. Kane deked his way past defenders, got in close on rookie goalie Alexander Salak, went to his back hand and smoothly lifted in a goal.

"Both goals came pretty much under the bar," Kane said. "That's pretty much how you have to score in this league. ... There's plenty of ways to score. I'm just trying to find new ways everyday."

Kane still wore the splint and had planned to workout after the scrimmage. He also continues to do exercises to strengthen his wrist.

"It's a little sore after they work on it a bit, which is to be expected," he said. "But right now, it feels good.

"It felt good to be out there. You're still pretty cautious out there. You don't want to put yourself in any situations where you're going to get hit or something could go wrong. I was still pretty cautious out there, but it's competitive hockey, so you're going to be competitive out there and try to do some good things. Overall, I thought [Sunday] was a pretty good day on the ice."

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.

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