Why Patrick Kane thrives under pressure 

June, 24, 2013
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Patrick KaneRob Grabowski/USA TODAY SportsPatrick Kane has seven goals in his past seven games, against the Kings and Bruins.
NHL players can tell when their teammates are nervous. Even at the highest level, when the Stanley Cup is on the line, guys can spot the player who is just trying to get through a shift without making a mistake. They can spot the guy who probably doesn't want the puck on his stick and is looking to get off the ice without incident.

Playing in a game on the biggest stage, like tonight's Game 6, when the Stanley Cup is in the building, is about slowing it down. The mind is racing a million miles an hour, and the best players in those moments find a way to overcome that mental state.