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Seen and heard around the dressing room

Thursday, 02.10.2011 / 6:31 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Gretzky in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Seen and heard around the pro's dressing room prior to the games Thursday at Wayne Gretzky's Fantasy Camp:

Ex-NHL goalie Eddie Mio commenting on Brett Hull's new shall we say rounder body and how he looked wearing the black L.A. Kings uniform:

"I'm sorry buddy, but I can't believe you scored almost a thousand goals. I just can't believe looking at you now that you scored almost a thousand goals."

Hull responding to Mio: "I thought black was supposing to be thinning."

Denis Savard, holding an Oilers' sweater with Gretzky 99 on the back, asking Gretzky for an autograph:

"It's for a buddy of mine in Chicago. He's had this for a while and has been waiting to get it signed. I might not give it back to him, though!!"

Mike Keenan holding up Chris Chelios' old, think and tattered shoulder pads:

"Do you see these things? How do you wear these things?"

Chelios responding by ripping the pads out of Keenan's hands and saying he's had them since he played for Keenan in 1991.

Gretzky pulling the Kings' black jersey over his head and telling me that it feels good on him.

John MacLean pulling the same Kings' black jersey over his head and commenting how big it is on him.

Bernie Nicholls name misspelled on the back of his jersey. It was missing an L.

Every player clowning around and swapping stories like it was old times.

"I recognize a lot of the faces," Hull said, "but I don't recognize a lot of the body types."

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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round