Q. (Questions regarding the lines and addressing Chara.)

      PATRICK KANE:  Yeah, maybe.  You still have Toews, Sharp and Hossa on

one  line.  I'm with Handzus and Bickell who have been playing well.  A few

lineup  changes,  you don't know if they'll stick or stay.  They're looking

at their options now.  It's probably a question better directed at Q.

      We'll see what happens.

 

      Q.  Have you faced anybody this season like Chara?

      PATRICK  KANE:   Yeah,  I think the best example is probably Suter in

the  first  round.  There were times Johnny's line would go out.  He'd play

the  full  shift.   Then  myself,  Handzus and Sharp would come out.  Suter

would stay on for that, as well.

      I don't think we've played anyone with his reach yet.  So you have to

be  careful  with  the  way he uses his sticks, deflects pucks on the power

play.   For  us, we don't want to think too much about it, use our speed to

our  advantage  on  him,  try  to just play hockey, not worry so much about

playing against Chara.

 

      Q.  On starting the season overseas during the lockout

      PATRICK  KANE:   It was a good experience for me to go over and play.

I  was  happy  I  did it.  Thought I got off to a good start here because I

went over.

      Looking  back,  I  thought  it  was  a good idea that I went over and

played.

 

      Q.  (Question regarding 2010.)

      PATRICK  KANE:   Everyone  on our team was probably rooting for it at

the  time to be Vancouver.  You know, at the same time when they're lifting

it  up a year after you did, from the time we spent with it, whether it was

in the summer, our days with the Cup, banner raising, things like that, the

Cup  kind  of felt like it was yours. The other team gets it the next year,

we weren't the defending champs anymore.  It was tough to see, for sure.

 

      Q.  Stanley Cup experience, is it the same type of experience for you

now as you approach Game 1?

      PATRICK  KANE:   Yeah, I mean, like I said before, I think you try to

soak  it in a little bit more now.  You certainly get a lot of messages and

requests  for  tickets  at a time like this.  That's cool because everybody

wants  to  be  a  part  of  it,  to see two special teams go up against one

another, in a series that should be great.

      To compete for the Stanley Cup says it all right there.

 

      Q.  (No microphone.)

      PATRICK  KANE:   Yeah,  I  mean,  to  give up two goals in four games

against a team like Pittsburgh is crazy numbers.  At the same time you look

a  little  bit  deeper.   They had a couple bad breaks.  I think Malkin one

night  had  20 or so attempted shots at net.  So they were getting chances.

Obviously  Rask  played  great.   They  played  a great defensive team game

against them.

      I  think  you  can  look at other series, too, where Toronto had some

success on them.  Obviously the Rangers not too much.  They're playing good

right  now,  so  they've figured out how to play defensively and as a team,

too.  It's going to be a tough challenge.

      Like  I  said,  we have a lot of depth on our team, are going to need

everybody to step up.

 

      Q.  Can you compare the Cup winning team to this years version of the

Blackhawks.

      PATRICK  KANE:   I  think  a  lot  of  us  that were here in 2010, we

consider  we're  better players now.  I myself feel that I'm a well-rounded

player,  got a lot better defensively and without the puck as time has gone

on.

      I  feel  like  I'm  more  focused about hockey now.  Like I said, I'm

going  to  soak  it  all  in,  but  at  the same time take advantage of the

opportunity.

 

      Q.(Question regarding private life, public reaction.)

      PATRICK  KANE:  It's funny.  You know, whether it's just walking down

the  street  to  try  to  go to a movie, go to dinner, something like that,

there's  always a few people that recognize you.  You kind of learn to wear

the hat down low by your eyes, keep the head down and keep walking.

      There's  great  fans  in  Chicago.   I  think  you'd rather have them

recognize  than not recognize you.  Just to show how great of a hockey city

it is, that's how excited they are now.

 

      Q.  (No microphone.)

      PATRICK  KANE:   I  don't  think you have a choice, to be honest with

you.   That's  just  the way the coaches, you know, put it on, whether it's

the wingers or the center, whoever is back-checking, the first guy back.

      Guys  like  myself,  you  see  Hossa,  Hossa  is probably the hardest

back-checker on the team, you see guys like him doing it, it makes everyone

around the team say, If he's doing it, I can do it, too.

 

      Q.  You had some struggles in the Western Conference Finals.  Can you

tell us what was said to you or what triggered you and turned things around

for you?

      PATRICK  KANE:  You know, I think for me, I'm a player that wants the

puck and I'm a better player when I have it.

      I  think whether it was teammates, coaches, coaches from the past, my

parents,  just  saying that, You got to want the puck.  That's what I tried

to do in the last two games.  Felt like I had more success when I did that.

      Try  to  have that same mindset going into the finals here.  Just try

to  get the puck and make plays, not so much worry about scoring or getting

an  assist  or points, just try to get it and make plays.  That should take

care of itself.