So much for playing it cautious.
"I was thinking about it (Saturday) night," Kane said. "I thought I needed to do a little bit more to get myself into game shape for when I come back. I talked to the doctor this morning. He kind of said go ahead and go through with it. If you feel pain then stop."
Previously, Kane and the Hawks said they were going to take it slow with his surgically repaired left wrist but after a day of only practice on Saturday, Kane decided to get into some game action. He looked in mid-season form, scoring twice on Alexander Salak and assisting on a David Toews goal. And he did it all with a splint on his wrist.
"It felt pretty good," Kane said. "I'm still pretty cautious. You don't want to put yourself in any situations to get hit or do something wrong. Overall, it was a pretty good day on the ice."
Kane skated by a defender as if he was standing still on his second goal and he moved on the ice as well as anyone on either team while scoring both his goals by going top-shelf on Salak.
Kane said it's just a start and is still rehabbing the wrist.
"I'm sure they'll do some work on my wrist after I work out," he said. "But it's a good start."
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.