Beyond the playoff beard stubble, something seems different lately about Patrick Kane.

More serious?

"Ha, I don't think so,'' teammate Jonathan Toews said, chuckling.

More visible? Surprisingly to some, Kane took his unofficial role of team spokesman so seriously during Toews' layoff that he offered the media access every day through good or bad.

"It's very natural for him,'' Toews kidded. "He likes to be in front of the camera.''

More valuable?