The Malik Report
by George Malik on 12/09/13 at 12:41 PM ET
How would you assess your play and the way it's gone for you so far this season?
"It hasn't been going quite as planned, as I would have hoped, but every player goes through stretches like this no matter what they're dealing with. You have to remind yourself that you've got to keep working, that you do have the talent and skill to be out there and eventually you just come out of it."
Mike Babcock has said, 'We're going to go as far as Howie will take us.' What does that do for you, to know that he's got your back?
"It's reassuring. It definitely is. When the boss around here says that, it says that he has a lot of confidence in me. That's a good thing to have. The month of October went really well for me and just for some reason in November the wheels, I don't know why, they started to fall off there. They did and we're trying to put everything back together here piece by piece."
In going over your game on video with your goalie coach Jim Bedard, what have you deduced as to why it has been a struggle for you?
"To be honest with you I haven't switched much. I try to play the same way night in and night out. It's just that for some reason pucks continue to go in. It's something we have to work our way through and remind myself to continue playing the way I've gotten to be successful in this League, and that's being out of my crease, reading the plays well and anticipating well."
Can you recall a stretch like this in the past, be it in college at Maine, in the minors with Grand Rapids or in Detroit?
"No, not really. It's something new, but like I said, every player goes through something like this at some point in their career and you've just got to keep going. You can't let it get you down."
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