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Diminishing Returns

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The marquee names up front were ineffective again. The defense gave away the puck under minimal pressure. The goaltender yielded yet another killer soft goal. The power play was miserable. What else is new?

Well how about this: Brendan Shanahan Brendan Shanahan was benched in the third period, with head coach Tom Renney saying he needed to protect the 20-year-veteran and his team in the final minutes of a dispiriting 3-1 loss at the Garden to the Bruins.

“This wasn’t so much a commentary on his play, but he’d played a lot, and there were diminishing returns,” said Renney, who gave Shanahan 1:43 of ice time in the third for a total of 11:46, and who seemed shaken by the defeat.

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added 8:45am, from Stan Fischler at Game On,

If you’re not going to get your nose dirty,” says Renney, “and get chances from a second and third effort, then the shot total looks sexy, but it doesn’t mean a thing.”

For the second post-game chat in a row, there was talk about players “looking at themselves in the mirror.”

Sean Avery stressed it after the shootout loss in Boston.

On Sunday, Renney’s post mortem underlined the idea that all oars are failing to pull hard simultaneously and throughout the game.

“We’ve got different people working hard all of the time,” Tom concludes. “What we need is everybody working hard all of the time.”

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