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05-03-2012, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Abooch68 View Post
The thing about a long game like this is you can tell that the Rangers are the more conditioned team. The style of play they have been playing under Torts for the last few years has done this.
IMO, it's less about conditioning than skating. These are all conditioned athletes and at this point in the season, when all teams have played exactly the same number of games over a 6 month period, I don't think there is much validity to the idea that Team X is materially more conditioned than Team Y. Some individuals who work more or less hard, maybe. But as a whole team? Don't buy it.

As I see it, the longer a game like that goes, the greater the magin between great and mediocre skaters become. Great skaters move more efficiently, with less energy. The Rangers have some great skaters. Kreider and Hagelin are young burners. Gaborik is a great skater. Richards is a great skater. It's no coincidence that those 4 guys seemed extra dangerous in the 3rd OT. But if you noticed, Chimmer, Backstrom and Ovechkin were also still moving well.

On the whole, we are not quite the skating team the Rangers are. We're much bigger than them. We're not built for a marathon.

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