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BOSTON -- When Patrick Kane scored twice to help the Chicago Blackhawks move within one victory of another Stanley Cup, he did so on the sixth anniversary of being drafted first overall. Players dont get selected there without skill, but the bulk of Kanes nine goals in the playoffs have been more a result of hard work and smart positioning by a player whose game has developed substantially in recent years. "Hes really good, especially around the net," Boston Bruins right-winger Brad Marchand said. "If you give him any kind of room down there and he can find the puck, then hes going to make something happen." Kane showed three years ago during the Blackhawks Cup run that he has a knack for making things happen and scoring big goals. But this time around it has been his ability to put back rebounds and loose pucks that earned him some late buzz for the Conn Smythe Trophy. Six of Kanes nine goals through 22 games have come on the doorstep -- either in the crease or just outside it. As his coach with the London Knights, Dale Hunter, watched his Game 5 performance, he remarked that Kane was having success because he was playing in traffic close to the net. "He has no fear to his game. Hes not the biggest guy in the world but hell score goals and hell go anywhere to score them," Hunter said in a phone interview Monday. "He has good vision. Thats why he can go in them bad areas where you can take big hits, and he doesnt get hit often." Its one thing to have good vision and yet another to make a concerted effort to be around the crease. "I think one of the things on this team, you want to crash the net, whether its bringing it back out and getting pucks there and then crashing it again," Kane said. The 24-year-old brings a combination of skill and that willingness to play in tight spaces that makes him difficult to defend. "I think hes not afraid, whether its not afraid to get hit or not afraid to make mistakes," Boston defenceman Torrey Krug said. "Hes not afraid to go to those high-traffic areas. Thats important for a player, especially players that like to play with the puck, to not have the fear like that." Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville knows all about Kanes "high-end skill," but its his ability to control the play with little room to manoeuvre that helps him stand out. "Hes just an unbelievable puck-handler, and I dont know if thats just natural talent or hes worked on it," Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith said. Either way, it has caused fits for the Bruins. Coach Claude Julien and his team had to emphasize better awareness because of Kane. "You look at the goals that Kane has scored, youve got to give him credit," Julien said. "Hes done a good job of getting into those quiet areas and sliding into those pockets and the puck keeps coming to him, and thats what good players do. They find areas to go to where pucks come to them." Of course Kane can still pick a corner and score. His goal on a two-on-one rush put the Blackhawks into the Cup final, and he scored one-on-one against Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard earlier in the playoffs. Against the Bruins, Kane showed teammates that hes adept at scoring the so-called dirty goals, too. Julien likened him to Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby as far as being shifty and elusive around the net. "Hes an elite player," Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference said. "Hes obviously got tremendous skill and speed to get away from defenders and to find open spots on the ice. Hes a challenge for any team to defend against." Even more so now than several years ago when he was a budding NHL star. Bostons Aaron Johnson played with Kane in 2008-09, and though he hasnt had a chance to study the right-wingers improvement, he pointed out that Kane has become a "solid hockey player." Thats not under-valuing Kane but rather an indication that, like other talented forwards, his career is an ongoing maturation process. "I think it takes time because their whole life they havent really needed to play that game," Johnson said. "And once you get to the NHL you have to learn that theres a time and place for certain moves and certain plays. It does take a year or two and a good coach to really embed that inside him." It didnt start with Hunter, Denis Savard or Quenneville. Hunter knew Kane could score before the Knights drafted him. But the way hes been putting the puck in the net in the playoffs has Kane on another level. "Every time theres more on the line, the more he comes up and goes in the dirty areas even more than he should because he wants to score the big goals," Hunter said. "He wants to make the difference in the game, and he has the ability to do it and he pushes himself in big games to do it." Marshawn Lynch Youth Jersey. -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Gareon Conley Jersey. 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MIAMI -- Its been a long time since the New York Knicks were in this position.More than three years, to be precise.Carmelo Anthony matched a season high with 35 points, and the Knicks took advantage of second chances all night to beat the injury-ravaged Miami Heat 114-103 on Tuesday night. At 12-9, New York is three games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 season.Any time you can put together some wins you feel confident, you feel comfortable, you feel like youre heading in the right direction, and I really feel were doing that, Anthony said. Were heading in the right direction.Kristaps Porzingis had 14 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which has won four straight. The Knicks lost Derrick Rose to back spasms in the third quarter, but still scored 61 points after halftime.We just came out in the second half knowing that we have to win the game and that we have to play better, Porzingis said.Goran Dragic scored 29 points and Hassan Whiteside finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who fell to 2-8 at home. New York had a 31-13 edge in second-chance points, and outscored Miami 56-36 in the paint.Sometimes the ball goes that way, Whiteside said.The teams were tied at 68 late in the third quarter, when the Knicks went on a 27-13 run over the next eight minutes to take control. Anthony finished 13 for 27 from the field, and Porzingis and Joakim Noah combined for 22 rebounds.The Heat had nine players, and might not have any more than that until next week. Justise Winslow missed his 12th consecutive game with a sore left wrist, and James Johnson (right rotator cuff), Dion Waiters (groin), Luke Babbitt (right hip) and Josh Richardson (right ankle) were also sidelined.None are slated to travel for Miamis three-game, four-day stretch that starts Wednesday in Atlanta.dddddddddddd. The Heat are leaving some staff in Miami to work with the injured players.Theyre getting way more work in than they would get on the road, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.TIP-INSKnicks: Coach Jeff Hornacek is now 1-5 against Miami. Hes beaten every team hes faced, and has yet to coach against his former Phoenix club. ... The Knicks missed their first 11 3-point tries, then made 7 of their last 14. ... New York is over .500 this late in a season for the third time in 12 years. ... Not a good sign for Wednesday, when Cleveland visits the Knicks: New York is 0-4 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.Heat: It was Dragics highest-scoring total as a member of the Heat. ... Whiteside has led the Heat in rebounds in all 21 games this season. ... Miami struggled again from the line, shooting 16 for 27.ON PHILSpoelstra was asked to respond to Knicks President Phil Jacksons comments last month about the way the Heat had to handle LeBron James when he played in Miami. Spoelstra laughed it off. I honestly just think he gets bored and likes to throw stuff out there to get everybody all fired up, Spoelstra said. James and the Cavaliers visit Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.TALL ORDERHilarity briefly ensued in the second quarter when the 7-foot-3 Porzingis had a jump ball against Miamis Tyler Johnson, who might be generously listed at 6-foot-4. Shocking: Porzingis won the tap.UP NEXTKnicks: Host Cleveland on Wednesday, preceding a five-game West Coast trip.Heat: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday, followed by visits to Cleveland and Chicago. Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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