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Are NHL players hitting the wall?

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08:28 AM ET 02.26 | Credit Blues coach Ken Hitchcock for living up to his word. [Hitchcock made] Monday's practice all about tempo, or pushing the pace. "What we're trying to do is extend the working time," Hitchcock said. "We're trying to make guys play with proper precision while being tired, and that's the big challenge." ... Hitchcock said that Blues players aren't the only ones wearing out easily, leading to breakdowns. "If you look around the league right now, the players that didn't play (during the lockout) have hit the wall and they're struggling," he said. "We've got to punch through. You can't just rest them up and think that that's going to do it. Guys are going to have to learn to work through it."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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February 26, 2013  08:53 AM ET

I know Geno did the other night. Quit hard. Hit the wall, bounced off the son-of-a-b!

As far as all of the other players... they should have kept training during the lockout instead of playing PlayStation or whatever the piss they were doing. Some were, some werent. I know it is a tighter schedule, but....

February 26, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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Leafs still lookin spritely.

Wall? What wall?

February 26, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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Quit hard.

QUITE

February 26, 2013  08:58 AM ET

There's no conditioning like game conditioning.

February 26, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Leafs still lookin spritely.

Not that there's anything wrong with that......

February 26, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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Not that there's anything wrong with that......

The Caps on the other hand are looking a wee bit like the Black Knight in Holy Grail. Maybe not that good.

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February 26, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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Nazem Kadri has more points than Alex Ovechkin.

Did you EVER think that would be a true statement?

That was great game for him last night. I wonder if Rotten Ronnie and Burkie have cleaned up after having their noses rubbed in it?

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February 26, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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I have a feeling Nazem e-mails video of goals he's involved in to Ronnie after every game, signing off with a photo of him giving the finger.

He'd be my hero if he did.

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February 26, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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We'd build a statue of him for that reason alone.

Also, 4 straight games now where $8 million worth of defencemen signed by Burke have sat in the press box. Awesome.

Are you sure it's only 8 mil?

And you guys defended that piece of crap for years.

February 26, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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That was great game for him last night. I wonder if Rotten Ronnie and Burkie have cleaned up after having their noses rubbed in it?

Grapes is probably pretty chuffed about the success as well. He was a big fan and drum beater.

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February 26, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

QUITE

That was quite the revealing typo :)

February 26, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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That was great game for him last night. I wonder if Rotten Ronnie and Burkie have cleaned up after having their noses rubbed in it?

Seems the real problem in Toronto was Wilson and not so much Burke.

February 26, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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That was quite the revealing typo :)

I was gonna say it didn't hurt the quote:)

February 26, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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Seems the real problem in Toronto was Wilson and not so much Burke.

I disagree. Burkie saw what a ****ed up mess Rotten Ronnie created and what did he do....gave him a contract extention. Obviously he cared more about his little bum buddy than the Leafs. To***to should be mad as hell four the last four years.

 
February 26, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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Burke? Komisarek? Me??? Come on now...

Komisarek not so much but I remember you defending the Prince of Irkness.

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