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June 25, 2013

Buffalo's Patrick Kane wins playoff MVP award

BOSTON (AP) — Patrick Kane held the Conn Smythe Trophy over his head, and then got a chance to raise the Stanley Cup for the second time.

This time, the Chicago Blackhawks loved the pictures of their super talented forward.

Kane won the NHL's playoff MVP award after he helped Chicago beat Boston 3-2 in Game 6 of the finals on Monday night. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft finished the postseason with nine goals and 10 assists, including a big series against the Bruins that was reminiscent of his performance when the Blackhawks won the title four seasons ago.

"We can go up and down the line and name off guys and how they contributed to this team and this game," Kane said. "It's just a great group, and it's going to be fun to celebrate with them."

Kane was in the middle of a quiet postseason before he started to pick up steam in the Western Conference finals against defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles. He slammed home a shot by Bryan Bickell in Game 4 of that series that appeared to be going in anyway, and that seemed to really get him going.

He had a hat trick in Game 5 against the Kings, including the overtime winner in a 4-3 victory that sent the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup finals. He had a goal and an assist in Chicago's series-tying victory at Boston on Wednesday night, and then scored twice when the Blackhawks beat the Bruins 3-1 on Saturday to take a 3-2 lead in the series.

"When he's playing with the puck, he's so dynamic and skilled and fun to watch," Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said. "Sometimes we watch him a little bit too much. But he's a great player and once he started to get it into gear he was going to be lights out. He was lights out in this series and the last couple games against L.A."

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