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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Patrick Kane's face reddened when he realized the cat was out of the bag.
"The flight was at 8:45 [a.m.] and I woke up at like 8:50," Kane said when asked by ESPN.com. "I was just thinking 'Is there any way I can make this flight?' I was pretty pissed. I chucked my phone against the wall. It was on silent."
Blackhawks teammate Patrick Sharp didn't miss a beat when asked about it Friday night.
"We'll have to address that when we get back to Chicago," Sharp said with a chuckle. "But it doesn't surprise me. Everyone else is out of town and he was all by himself. I wasn't there to babysit him."
|Doh! Alex Ovechkin and Caps teammate Mike Green missed their initial flight to Raleigh, but made it in time for the festivities.|
"He would throw me under the bus like that," Kane said of Sharp's comment. "Well, I've got some power on him tonight. Since you told me that, he won't be hearing his name called. I'm going to make sure we don't draft him."
Kane didn't pick his teammate before Team Staal nabbed Sharp with the 15th overall pick in Friday's All-Star draft. Kane, working as an associate captain with Team Lidstrom, helped select other mates Duncan Keith (fourth overall) and Jonathan Toews (16th).
To be fair, Kane got on a flight and was not late for any All-Star events.
"Hey, I'm here, I'm on my time," said Kane. "So you can't really hold anything against me."
He may be late, but Kane was pumped about the All-Star weekend.
"It's going to be a blast, just the whole weekend," Kane said. "It's a fun event. I know some players get away from the game during the All-Star break, just kind of do some different things, but there's nowhere you'd rather be than here."
Kane wasn't the only NHLer to miss their flights to Raleigh. You can add Washington stars Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green to the list.
"We were in a bar [at the airport]," Ovechkin said during the draft telecast.
Ovechkin was nonetheless happy to return to Raleigh.
"I think Carolina [is] a good city for me," said Ovechkin. "I was drafted here, No. 1."