Red Wings' Patrick Kane Goes Down With Injury vs Maple Leafs

It was an unusual scene in Toronto on Sunday night as the Detroit Red Wings had troubles getting to Scotiabank Arena to take on the Maple Leafs and the start time of the game was pushed back twice. The Wings ended up having only 1.5 hours to get prepared for the game, when some of their players show up normally 4-5 hours ahead of puck drop.

There was concern about how veteran Patrick Kane would react as he normally takes a couple of hours to get warmed up. Turns out it was a rough night for Kane after all. The Wings forward sustained a lower-body injury in the first period against the Leafs and did not return to the game.

He fell twice awkwardly, both times appearing to gather himself afterwards. The team doesn't suspect that it is hip related, which is a great sign, but head coach Derek Lalonde admitted after the game it's going to take a few more tests to get a better understanding about what's going on.

Kane had hip resurfacing surgery in the offseason, and of course missed the start of this year and then signed with the Red Wings. He's been performing well with 16 points in 18 games and Detroit is creeping hard up the standings and are closing in on a playoff spot.

IF the Wings are headed to the playoffs ahead of March 8, Kane will stay, if they lose ground in the East, look for Steve Yzerman to trade the future hall-of-famer before the deadline. For now, everyone just wants to see Kane healthy. Here's what happened Sunday against the Leafs:

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