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by Paul on 11/12/10 at 01:31 PM ET
from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,
Players who’ve won Cups before sometimes say that focus and intensity can lag in seasons following championships because of the subconscious comparison between regular-season games and playoff games. Keith was asked if that could be the case with him and the Hawks, but he’s not ready to accept that as a factor just yet.
“Obviously it’s different, but there’s no excuses,” he said. “There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be ready and focused and playing the way I can. Obviously, you’re going to go through a long season (and) you’re not going to play as good as you want. At the same time, I know I can play a lot better and have a lot less inconsistencies.”
Not to mention a better rating, which Quenneville said is better judged over a longer time span than 18 games. Though Keith’s play is a bit concerning, the Hawks and their coaches aren’t ready to hit the panic button just yet.
“The focus is on one guy, but Duncs is a proud guy,” Quenneville said. “Everybody has a stretch they want to get out of, whether it’s a game or two or a trend. He’s one guy who (playing) simple is probably going to make him more effective. That’s what we’re looking for.”
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