Thread: Post-Game Talk: Leafs @ Hawks | Leafs lose 5-4
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03-01-2012, 02:18 PM
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Phaneuf looks burned out. The guy has played a ton of hockey this year, and he does all the heavy lifting. He's out there night after night against the top lines, is on the first PK unit, as well as the powerplay. And he plays a physical game, so those are tough minutes he's eating up. I imagine he's banged up and playing through all sorts of injuries.

That's not an excuse; he really hasn't looked sharp over the last two weeks or so and needs to play better. But the guy's only human, and there's just so much juice in the can.

It shows how important he is to this team. So much hinges on him. When he doesn't play well, we just fall apart.

Wilson (oops, I mean whoever is our coach next year) should pace him a little more. If we're up by 3 goals heading into the 3rd, there's no need to have him play 23+ minutes. Give the ice time to Gardiner/Schenn.

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