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Blackhawks' doctor clears Patrick Kane to return

Star winger is back just in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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The Chicago Blackhawks medical staff have cleared Patrick Kane to return to the lineup seven weeks after he suffered a broken left clavicle, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The original timetable for Kane's injury suggested he would return in May, but recent reports indicated he could return ahead of schedule.

The Hawks open their Stanley Cup Playoffs run on the road against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday and Kane now appears very likely to suit up for Game 1.

The organization released the following statement from head team physician Dr. Michael Terry on Monday:

"Patrick Kane suffered a broken left clavicle on February, 24 and underwent successful surgery to repair the fracture on February 25. Patrick has been working extremely diligently with his rehabilitation and has recently returned to full-contact practice without any difficulty. After discussions with Patrick and the team, and examining Patrick today, we collectively feel it is appropriate, with minimal risk, for him to return to full participation."

Prior to injury, Kane led the Hawks with 27 goals and 64 points in 61 games.

Kane's return will be a boost to the Hawks, who have struggled to score against quality opponents in his absence. They scored five goals in four games -- all losses -- to end the regular-season.

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