A must-read from today's sports section is Bucky Gleason's look at how Patrick Kane and Tim Kennedy came from the street hockey games in the parishes of South Buffalo to a Friday night in the NHL.
"It's going to be a battle of South Buffalo," Lindy Ruff said today. "Kane and Kennedy head to head. We'll try to get that matchup and see which one's tougher, which one's more skilled. We'll see what happens. I think it will be a great matchup. I'm looking forward to it. See which one has the better bite tonight."
Kane has purchased two suites tonight to house his family and friends for this game. Cracked Kennedy: "I don't think it will be too tough for him to cover that with that new deal he signed."
Kane did a stand-up 10-minute session with the media after the morning skate in front of his stall in the Hawks' locker room. Brent Sopel serenaded Kane with the "Lone Ranger" theme as the media piled over to his locker and Dustin Byfuglien, in the next locker, made sure to make some faces at a clearly nervous Kane to keep his mood light.
So what's going to be the reaction tonight in the wake of his summer arrest in that infamous encounter with a Buffalo cabbie?
"I'm a little interested to see what happens and what the reaction will be," he said. "It will probably be the same as last time: Half the people love you, half the people hate you. That's just the way it is. That's hockey and what it's like coming from Buffalo. I have great pride coming from the city. One experience isn't going to affect my whole reaction of what I think of this city and hopefully not the reaction of what people think of me. It's going to be interesting but it should be fun nonetheless."
Kane talked about a variety of subjects, such as the wild flight into Buffalo yesterday, the matchup with Kennedy, the growth of the Hawks as an NHL power and the reaction to not seeing Ryan Miller in the Buffalo net tonight. Click below to hear the entire interview.
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