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Sabres' Kane denies sex crime claim

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres forward Evander Kane was calm and brief in saying he looks forward to having his name cleared in connection with a sex crime allegation.

"I just want to say I've done nothing wrong," Kane said hours before Buffalo's 2-0 loss Monday night to the Capitals. "I respect the legal process. And unfortunately at this time, there's not much more I can talk about."

Kane spoke for about 30 seconds and did not take any questions in his first comments since the Buffalo News reported that Buffalo police were investigating a claim made against the player.

The alleged incident occurred early Sunday at a downtown hotel, where Kane is living, after he and the Sabres returned to Buffalo following a 6-3 win at Boston. Police issued a statement that was limited to saying that no report or charges had been filed.

The investigation is in its preliminary stages, the Associated Press reported; officials are not publicly commenting.

Kane, 24, rejoined teammates after being given a personal day off on Sunday, when coach Dan Bylsma said the Sabres were made aware of the allegation.

The seventh-year veteran played 20:20 Monday against Washington

Without going into detail, Bylsma said Kane addressed the team before practice. Bylsma otherwise declined comment by referring to a team statement.

In Monday's game, Braden Holtby made 31 saves and Alex Ovechkin scored to lead the Capitals to their eighth straight win. Washington is 27-6-2, the best start in franchise history.

Game highlights: Mikko Koivu scored twice and Devan Dubnyk had 28 saves in a surprise appearance as the host Wild beat the Red Wings 3-1. Dubnyk cut his arm in practice Sunday and had stitches. He was expected to sit, but Darcy Kuemper was ruled out with an upper-body injury just before the game.

Capitals 0 2 0 2
at Sabres 0 0 0 0

FirstNone. PenaltiesWeber, Buf (interference), 5:17.

Second1, Washington, Ovechkin 18 (Backstrom, Oshie), :19. 2, Washington, Beagle 6 (T.Wilson), 12:55. PenaltiesBeagle, Was (slashing), 5:57; Latta, Was, major (fighting), 10:49; Deslauriers, Buf, major (fighting), 10:49; Chorney, Was (interference), 14:10.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesT.Wilson, Was (interference), 7:50. Shots on GoalWashington 9-7-10—26. Buffalo 10-12-9—31. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 0 of 1; Buffalo 0 of 3. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 23-4-1 (31 shots-31 saves). Buffalo, Ullmark 5-8-2 (26-24). A19,070 (19,070). T2:30.

at Predators 1 1 3 5
Rangers 0 1 2 3

First1, Nashville, Forsberg 10 (Josi), 18:56 (pp). PenaltiesBrassard, NYR (roughing), 18:33.

Second2, N.Y. Rangers, Fast 6 (Girardi, Kreider), 6:59. 3, Nashville, Neal 14 (Ribeiro, Wilson), 13:48. PenaltiesWilson, Nas (tripping), 14:56.

Third4, Nashville, C.Smith 8 (Josi, Ribeiro), 7:34. 5, Nashville, Ellis 4 (Jones, Ribeiro), 9:52 (pp). 6, Nashville, Neal 15 (Jarnkrok, Salomaki), 11:13. 7, N.Y. Rangers, Nash 11, 13:20. 8, N.Y. Rangers, Miller 8 (Stepan), 16:02. PenaltiesMoore, NYR (hooking), 8:29. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 6-14-9—29. Nashville 15-11-9—35. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 1; Nashville 2 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 16-10-3 (35 shots-30 saves), Raanta (12:07 third, 0-0). Nashville, Rinne 15-10-6 (29-26). A17,317 (17,113). T2:33.

at Wild 1 0 2 3
Red Wings 0 0 1 1

First1, Minnesota, Coyle 9 (Niederreiter), 11:42. PenaltiesAbdelkader, Det (high-sticking), 12:35; Spurgeon, Min (interference), 17:56.

SecondNone. PenaltiesAbdelkader, Det (roughing), 19:44; Suter, Min (roughing), 19:44.

Third2, Minnesota, Koivu 9 (Dumba, Parise), 17:42 (pp). 3, Detroit, Datsyuk 4 (Abdelkader, Smith), 18:03. 4, Minnesota, Koivu 10 (Parise), 18:56 (en). PenaltiesNiederreiter, Min (cross-checking), 10:42; Green, Det (interference), 16:46. Shots on GoalDetroit 11-7-11—29. Minnesota 9-10-16—35. Power-play opportunitiesDetroit 0 of 2; Minnesota 1 of 2. GoaliesDetroit, Mrazek 11-7-3 (34 shots-32 saves). Minnesota, Dubnyk 15-10-2 (29-28). A19,110 (17,954). T2:25.

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