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04-24-2010, 10:29 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
I had that in the middle of my season...started out with 9 games, 3g 6a, +10 or something like that. Then I had a stretch of 7 or so games with only 2 assists and was -2. Towards the end, I realized I had drastically gotten away from "my" game.
I am a really offensive minded forward, and I typically like to rush the puck, skate it up ice, dangle, and shoot. During my slump, all I was focused on was shutting down the other team, passing the puck up the ice, and getting the puck deep then going for a quick change. It sounds like the right thing to do, but I'm a lot more dangerous and confident when I have the puck with a scoring mindset...and the other team can't score when the puck is in their end.
So I started rushing the puck again, being aggressive, and trying to score. Yes, my shifts got a little long again, but I had another 3 goals 4 assists and was about +6 or so down the last 8 or 9 games.
Moral of the story for me was to do the things I'm good at...not necessarily keeping it simple and working hard, but to play the game that made me successful in the first place.
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