Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/10/07 at 09:11 PM ET
from Jacques Demers at USA TODAY,
There’s little need for motivation. I used to put together a film demonstrating the great plays every player made during the regular season to pump them up, but the Cup was the true motivating factor. I always told my players that since everyone was a kid, they were dreaming about the Cup. We controlled our destiny. Stay away from bad penalties. Take short shifts. If someone gives you an elbow, just take it, because the person who retaliates usually gets the penalty.
Players aren’t nervous. They are edgy. They want to play. They’re not tired. They find energy. They’re looking forward to this. It’s a huge challenge to win four out of seven.
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