The Washington Times - March 18, 2012, 03:26PM

CHICAGO | Patrick Kane won a Stanley Cup (literally won it with his overtime game-winner) for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 as a winger.

But with Jonathan Toews out, Kane is filling in as the first-line center, a position he didn’t play for now-Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

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“He always preferred to play wing, but he has such ability that he can play both,” Hunter said Sunday.

Kane will likely again center the top line Sunday night against the Caps, skating between Andrew Brunette and Marian Hossa.

That’s because he needs to. Toews had a car accident Feb. 23 and has not played since Feb. 19. So in his absence Kane has stepped up.

The 23-year-old has two goals and three assists in a four-game points streak. It’s no coincidence the Blackhawks have won six of their past eight games.

“He’s fun to watch out there with the puck. He dangles with it, no fear to his game,” Hunter said. “Just a special player.”