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05-04-2011, 02:16 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: The Triangle
Nerves are normal. Most people have some degree of performance anxiety. As long as it isn't crippling, there's nothing to be too worried about.
Re: the psychology of scoring slumps, I have found that it helps to NOT try hard to score. Just be where you're supposed to be, skate hard and keep yourself motivated. A lot of the time I flub the puck when I'm thinking about the shot... stop thinking and let your muscle memory take over. Channel your thoughts toward the entire ice, and where you fit in with your teammates and the opponent. When the scoring chance arrives, your body will snap into motion before you have time to think about it. It's almost zen, but it works.
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