That was something that was said to me during my game, and it rings true.
It was a game that we lost 9-8 in OT and I didn’t play my best game. In fact, our team didn’t play their best game. That is what we are is a team after all. We are a team with plenty of talent getting outhustled and out chemistried by other teams in the division. We are now 1-1-1-1 with 4 points in the division after 4 games which puts us right in the middle of the pack.
The game tonight was a tough one for me. Seemed that every shot went in off someone, or to wide open players on the other side of the net who put it in, or off great passing plays. I wouldn’t say I lost my confidence, but we just didn’t play well. I should have stopped a few of those shots that I faced, but oh well. I have to put this game out of my mind, because we have 6 more games in the season and each of those are going to make or break us for playing in the playoffs.
I guess I am upset at a few things besides my performance. The first is my attitude towards the team. I have to be more positive and less detrimental. The second is to mind myself. Start concerning myself with stopping the puck and less with how my team is doing. Two promises I am going to keep through the end of the season.
I guess after that little entry, I thought I might expand a little on my thoughts. First, the team we played against tonight was a great team. They really out passed, out shot, and out played us. We will get another crack at them that is for sure. We will make some adjustments and come out stronger than we have in the past. However, I feel I am not pulling my weight. Of course, if we win, I feel good. If we lose, I feel bad and start overanalyzing myself. Today I feel like I didn’t maike key stops when I needed to. The story of every bad game I have played in hockey.
So now, the question is, what do I intend to do about it. Well, I am going to work it out of my system. I am going to come out stronger next game. I am going to concentrate and make the savea I need to make. I am going to be more aggressive and come out to take the angles away. I can’t concentrate on what has happened, but I have to concentrate on what I need to do to win the championship. Thats my goal. One or two bad games won’t matter if I come through in the playoffs. In order for me to do that, I need to step it up and start playing confidently.
The last few weeks have been an eye opener to me. Routine saves are just not routine anymore. Last week in ice hockey, I let in some very bad goals. Last week on Friday, my brass team lost and I gave up a couple bad goals. Tonight, same thing, a few bad goals. Catch the pattern here? So I need to step it up and get serious about playing some solid hockey. I need to start playing my angles better than I have and anticipating the pass and shots. Tomorrow, I am going to do that.
I am very irritated with my performance the last few games, especially in ice hockey where I think I am slowly burning out. I need to put myself back on track.
The Super Bowl has always been something I have looked forward too. Especially since one of my teammates who I won 4 championships with started hosting them. There are a ton of things to do, and this year was a blast. The highlight of the day was playing snow football in about 1 and a half foot deep snow in about 8 degree weather. We were out there playing for about an hour and fifteen minutes. I am glad I had a extra change of clothes was all I could say. I caught a touchdown pass and had a good kickoff return. To be honest, I am not the best at a physical contact sport like tackle football, but I thought I did pretty well on this day.
After freezing our asses off outside, we went in to change our clothes, eat, and then watch the football game. I was not rooting for one team over the other, so I just enjoyed the game with my friends. At that point in time, I started to wonder what I would be doing if I never started playing hockey. If I never met these people, who would I be hanging out with? Its a very interesting question thats for sure.
The roads have been horrible here the last few days. The blizzard warning we got on Saturday made the roads treacherous even today. They are snow covered and it hasn’t gotten above 8 degrees since last week. Salt doesn’t melt the ice and snow because it is so cold here.
I have 2 hockey games tonight, 1 tomorrow, and 1 on Friday. The 2 I have tonight is going to be the toughest for me since they are almost back to back. Hopefully the roads will be better tonight.
Even after getting over 8 hours of sleep last night, I was still tired when I got up this morning. I have pretty much subscribed to the idea that even if I got 12 hours of sleep, if I have to get up in the morning, I am going to be tired. The weekend sleep I get is nice though. If I could sleep in until 8:30 or 9, I would be bright eyed and bushy tailed. 🙂
It was nice to have the last few weeks off of hockey. Last night I spent the night with my wife and played games on the computer. Relaxing to say the least. Next week I start running around again playing hockey 2-3 nights a week. Thankfully, no weekend hockey.
The snow is falling like crazy outside, so I know my commute home will be as fun as heck. 🙂