Petshark: Talking Stick
Entries with the tag: habits
Many years ago, I trained a horse that was so smart it was difficult to train him. He learned everything instantly. Half the time, I didn't realize what I was teaching him. "Seriously?" I wondered, "Is he really shaking his head every time I scratch my nose? Does it matter if I use my left hand or my right?" People are just like that horse. We might think we're practicing one thing, but we're also practicing everything we do before and after that thing. This is the basis for all those superstitions hockey players talk about.
Practice what you preach. I don't mean it the way Ratto meant "just win the game!" I mean it quite literally. Need to shoot more? Practice that. Want defensemen to shoot quickly, at game speed? Practice that. Need to execute better? Practice that. Now practice it all together and don't stop until you get it right.
Two lines stood out in the last two games, one line in each, by performing above expectations. Sheppard, Burish and Galiardi were surprisingly effective in the game against Colorado, especially since they weren't even a line before the game. Kennedy, Handzus and Clowe stood out in last night's game against Detroit, by getting crazy close chances through hard work and relentless digging. Both lines had this in common: they were playing their first game as a line.