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Blackhawks take in NBA sensation Jeremy Lin

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NEW YORK -- The night before ending their excruciating nine-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers Thursday, Patrick Kane, John Scott and Patrick Sharp attended the New York Knicks' game -- better known these days as the Jeremy Lin experience -- at Madison Square Garden.

''He kind of reminded me of Steve Nash a little bit with the way he plays," Kane said. "I remember watching him with the [Phoenix] Suns when [Mike] D'Antoni was there. It was the same kind of offense.

"They are fun to watch. [Lin] can drive and penetrate. He definitely dished. I think he's a big spark for the Knicks, for the city of New York and pretty much the whole sports world. He was fun to watch, for sure."

Scott viewed Lin, who had 13 assists that Wednesday in a win over the Sacramento Kings, differently.

''Not very impressed,'' Scott said. ''He had a couple good lob passes. ... He's just not very good defensively in my mind. I think D-Rose can take him.''

Scott, who said he has no problems dunking, may have been just upset after having to jam his 6-8 frame into a tight seat for a couple hours..

"His legs weren't feeling too good after," Kane said.

Kane said he played point guard in high school and considers himself an avid NBA fan.

"There were a lot of celebrities [at Madison Square Garden]," Kane said. "We kind of stayed in our seats at halftime. All the celebs go out and hang out on the court. It was kind of a cool atmosphere to be around."

Did anyone notice one of hockey's biggest stars?

"No, I'm just a kid in New York," said Kane, who wore a hat to make himself less noticeable at the game.

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