BUFFALO, N.Y. — The NHL said Wednesday that an offseason rape allegation made against the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane was unfounded, and it wouldn't discipline the forward.
The league said it conducted an independent review of the allegations made against Kane, 27, who was accused in August of sexually assaulting a woman at his offseason home outside Buffalo.
In November, prosecutors said Kane wouldn't be charged because of a lack of credible evidence and the accuser also signed an affidavit saying she did not want to press charges.
Kane leads the NHL with 89 points. He was pointless in Chicago's 3-2 shootout loss to the host Blues on Wednesday.
HEARING FOR BRUINS' LILES ON KUCHEROV HIT: Defenseman John-Michael Liles was scheduled to have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety today for a hit on Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov on Tuesday.
Four outdoor games in '16-17: The Blues will host the Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in the Winter Classic on Jan. 2, a Monday. The game is usually Jan. 1, but the league is pushing it back a day to avoid competing with the NFL. The Maple Leafs will host the Red Wings on Jan. 1 at BMO Field in Toronto to mark the league's 100th anniversary; the Penguins will host the Flyers on Feb. 18 at Heinz Field; and the Jets will host the Oilers on Oct. 23 at Investors Group Field.
Around the league: Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi was suspended for 20 games for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing drugs program. Tinordi said he didn't knowingly take a banned substance. … Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak is out for six weeks with a groin strain suffered Tuesday against the Penguins.
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First—1, NYI, Tavares 25, 8:08. 2, Tor, Hyman 2 (Greening, Marincin), 11:27. Penalties—None.
Second—3, Tor, Rielly 7 (Kadri), 10:45 (pp). 4, NYI, Leddy 5, 12:54. Penalties—Kadri, Tor (trip), 8:34; Lee, NYI (slash), 9:48.
Third—5, NYI, Strome 8 (Boychuk, Leddy), 14:41. 6, Tor, Nylander 2 (Kadri, Gardiner), 18:47 (pp). Penalties—Okposo, NYI, double minor (high-stick), 6:04; Tor bench, served by B.Smith (too many men), 7:18; Strome, NYI (hook), 16:52.
OT—None. Penalties—Tavares, NYI (hook), 4:25; Hyman, Tor (embellish), 4:25. SO—NYI 0 (F.Nielsen NG, Okposo NG, Tavares NG, Clutterbuck NG), Tor 1 (Holland NG, Parenteau NG, Nylander NG, Soshnikov G). SOG—NYI 11-9-5-2—27. Tor 8-11-13-4—36. PPs—NYI 0 of 1; Tor 2 of 4. Goalies—NYI, Greiss 18-6-4 (36 shots-33 saves). Tor, Sparks 4-3-1 (27-24).