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Blackhawks' Patrick Kane says 'support's been really good'

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane made his preseason debut Tuesday while continuing to be the subject of a sexual assault investigation.

Kane has been under investigation for the alleged incident at his offseason home in Hamburg, New York, since early August. No charges have been filed, and Kane has declared his innocence. A grand jury hearing was previously postponed. An attorney of the accuser has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning.

Kane assisted on Trevor Daley's game-winning goal in overtime as the Blackhawks edged the Detroit Red Wings 5-4.

Kane has been met by support from Blackhawks fans since he joined the team for training camp last week.

Fans loudly cheered for him when he was the last player to leave the ice during warm-ups on Tuesday and again when he first joined the game early in the first period against the Red Wings.

Kane said after the team's morning skate Tuesday he appreciated the fans being behind him.

"I think support's been really good," Kane said. "I think just driving in last night you see some 88 jerseys walking into the building and things like that. It's pretty cool to see. Fans have always been great here, but especially the last week, or whatever it's been, the support has been great. That's kind of what you come to expect from Chicago fans in a good way. So, it's exciting."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday he was unsure if Kane would participate in any of the team's road preseason games, which could provide a more hostile environment for Kane.

"We'll see how that plays out," Quenneville said. "Certainly hadn't really addressed that situation at all."