BUFFALO, N.Y. — Prosecutors dropped a rape investigation against Blackhawks star Patrick Kane on Thursday, citing a lack of credible evidence in what it called "a so-called 'case' … rife with reasonable doubt" and said the accuser no longer wanted to cooperate.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said a three-month investigation found that physical and forensic evidence "tend to contradict" the accuser's claim that she was raped Aug. 2 at Kane's home in Hamburg, N.Y., outside Buffalo.
"The DNA results lend no corroboration whatsoever to the complainant's claim," said Sedita, who decided against presenting the case to a grand jury for possible charges. The 21-year-old accuser had recently signed an affidavit saying she did not want to press charges, Sedita said.
Kane, 26, said in a statement released by the Blackhawks, "I have repeatedly said that I did nothing wrong. I have respected the legal process, and I am glad that this matter has now been closed, and I will have nothing further to say going forward."
A person who answered the accuser's mother's cellphone hung up when contacted by the Associated Press. The accuser's lawyer, Roland Cercone, did not return a message left seeking comment.
Kane still could face league discipline. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL would "promptly review the information that may now be available to us."
World Cup: Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock will coach Canada at next year's event, Hockey Canada said.
Game highlights: Alex Ovechkin scored his 482 career goal to move within one of Sergei Fedorov for most by a Russian player in NHL history and the Capitals handed the Bruins their first road loss of the season, 4-1.
First—1, Bos, Hayes 4 (Connolly, C.Miller), 12:47 (pp). 2, Wash, Ovechkin 7 (Kuznetsov, Carlson), 17:27. Penalties—Latta, Was (tripping), 10:55; Krug, Bos (delay of game), 12:52.
Second—3, Wash, Laich 1 (Orlov, Latta), 4:10. 4, Wash, Carlson 3 (Backstrom, Williams), 7:21 (pp). Penalties—Hayes, Bos (slash), 6:10; Marchand, Bos (rough), 6:52; Randell, Bos, major (fight), 13:07; Latta, Was, major (fight), 13:07; Oshie, Was (interference), 13:26; Bos bench, served by Khokhlachev (too many men), 19:49.
Third—5, Wash, Alzner 1, 18:10 (en). Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Bos 9-13-7—29. Wash 14-9-8—31. Power-play opportunities—Bos 1 of 2; Wash 1 of 4. Goalies—Bos, Rask 3-5-1 (30 shots-27 saves). Wash, Holtby 7-3-0 (29-28).
|Senators win shootout 3-1|
First—1, Ott, Ceci 2 (Pageau), 10:01. Penalties—Smith, Ott (hooking), 6:47; Stuart, Wpg, double minor (high-sticking), 10:56.
Second—2, Ott, Ryan 5 (Zibanejad, Karlsson), 12:04. 3, Wpg, Ladd 4 (Wheeler, Enstrom), 17:19. Penalties—Myers, Wpg (high-sticking), 18:34; Turris, Ott (holding stick), 18:58.
Third—4, Wpg, Byfuglien 4, :26. Penalties—None. OT—None. Penalties—None. SO—Wpg 1 (Wheeler G, Ladd NG), Ott 3 (Ryan G, Turris G, Zibanejad G). SOG—Wpg 9-10-14-7—40. Ott 11-10-7-3—31. PP opps—Wpg 0-2; Ott 0-3. Goalies—Wpg, Hutchinson 4-1-1 (31 shots-29 saves). Ott, Anderson 6-3-1 (40-38).
First—1, Mont, Weise 8 (Petry, Subban), 18:50 (pp). Penalties—New York bench, served by Okposo (too many men), 13:17; Strome, NYI (hooking), 17:30.
Second—2, NYI, Okposo 4 (Boychuk, Halak), 3:35. Penalties—Pacioretty, Mon (holding), 1:33; Okposo, NYI (holding), 11:15; Gallagher, Mon (high-stick), 11:15; Desharnais, Mon (hooking), 11:55.
Third—3, Mont, Desharnais 4 (Fleischmann, Beaulieu), 6:22. 4, Mont, Gallagher 6 (Pacioretty, Plekanec), 7:55. 5, Mont, Plekanec 6 (Gallagher, Pacioretty), 17:57 (en). Penalties—Petry, Mon (trip), 12:29. SOG—NYI 5-8-5—18. Mont 8-7-9—24. PP opps—NYI 0 of 3; Mont 1 of 2. Goalies—NYI, Halak 4-2-1 (23 shots-20 saves). Mont, Condon 5-0-1 (18-17).