Once it starts rolling downhill it's very hard to put the brakes on and no one can attest to that more right now than Henrik Lundqvist (via New York Post)...
“The biggest thing for me now is to believe in what I do and to stay confident,” Lundqvist said. “Confidence is such an important thing in this game and right now it is not very high.”
...at this point I've got to assume this is all in Lundqvist's head. There's nothing more important to a goaltender's success than confidence. Once that begins to falter, the rest your game falls apart.
...i hate to use myself as an example, but I went through similar adversity while playing lacrosse in college. After success my freshman and sophomore seasons, I began to struggle in exhibition games my junior year and my confidence waivered. Once the season started, soft goals became commonplace as well as criticisms from my coach which ultimately led to some playing time for my backup. In the previous two seasons (as well as in high school) I had supreme confidence in my ability. I couldn't wait for the opponent to take the next shot because I knew I'd save it. Now, I became nervous the second the opponent came over the midfield line as I was afraid to fail. Things got even worse when I began tinkering with my mechanics to compensate and completely destroyed my game.
...so how did I get out of my funk? While talking to a teammate after the season, they mentioned that it didn't seem like I was having any fun. That I wasn't enjoying the game I loved anymore. And he was right. I went home that summer watched some old game tape of high school and was startled by how much more energetic and excited I was. From that point on I decided to forget about all the other distractions and just have fun. And do you know what, my senior season was the most successful in the program's history as well as my own.
...so my advice to Henrik Lundqvist, hell, to the entire Rangers team,...just start have fun again and everything else will fall into place. When you look at these guys in the post game press conferences, they sound like me talking about my crappy job. I mean, goodness, they get paid to play hockey. Cheer up. They need to find their passion for the game again. These guys are in the NHL for a reason. Because they're all really good at playing hockey. Ok, maybe not Pyatt and Pouliot, but you guys get my point. Once they hopefully get their heads straightened out the season should too.
Alain Vigneault reported today that Lundqvist will again be between the pipes on Sunday against the Flames.
When Coach Bowman was asked to assess what makes Phelps such a dominating swimmer, he pointed to his physical attributes (large feet and a long torso), family support, a superb work ethic andthe greatest attribute -- "his ability to focus under pressure."
Focus is about confidence and belief in one self. And that is all about how your mind works. And that is the one thing that we all can control.....our minds. No one can instill confidence more effectively than an inspiring coach. Why, because it is the coach who works with the team every day. Just like when we were kids growing up no one can build the confidence of a child like Mother or like a teacher.....why? because they see the kid every day.
Does AV inspire anyone here....besides me of course?
Someone needs to call Gordon Bombay STAT! Get the fun rolling up in this joint with an inflatable beach ball!
He was pretty confident he was worth 8.5 million dollars a season a few days ago... Since then he's lost, lost, and pulled in 1st period.. Glad to see the contract lingering over him was what made him so mediocre this season... Smh
Sorry Dave. I haven't forgotten one bit. However, loyalty counts for very little. Winning Cups is what it is all about and it's what Hank apparently wants more than anything else. So, why did he sign an extension with this team, because the Rangers are not winning another Cup for a long time. Again, its about the money, and it wasn't supposed to be with Hank. I honestly thought he was above that and I obviously was wrong. It's got nothing to do with loyalty. It's all about money and business, as usual. Lastly, I've seen one Cup in my 58 years, so I really don't want to hear anything about loyalty. The Rangers owe their fans a Hell of a lot more than they have given through the years.
Its called loyalty rich. Unbelievable how easily someone like yourself forget how hank has carried this organization with absolutely no offense for years.
Ok im baffled that Hank is starting on sunday. We just saw a game that the Rangers would of easily won if Talbot Started. Ok, i might be way to optimistic, but they did play harder with Talbot. They always do. Its quite obvious now that the Hank with 5 goalies in front of him system helped him succeed in the nhl. He doesn't have 5 goalies in front of him anymore in this system. Lets put Talbotl in for 4plus games in a row and see the rangers actually have a chance.
Long live Queen Henrik!!!!!!!!
ps. Trade him to Vancouver where im sure he would be great under Torts again
Step, Nash, DZ, etc need to start having fun. Hank needs to work on shots to his high glove. I don't think Hank has fun ever unless he wins.
i love buff, perfect ranger. minnesota natttive with step and mcd, right handed shot. with him on 1 pair and mcd on another, wow. 2 of top 10 scoring d in the leagie. get the man!! gbye mdz hagelin and miller
* Don't be shocked if the Dustin Byfuglien sweeps comes down to three teams...The Rangers, Flyers, and Bruins.
* The Rangers are being very aggressive right now and a trade involving Del Zotto + for Evander Kane is not out of the question.
You nailed it!!! Does anyone in the organization read this blog???
Also I would add that psychology is so important in this game where traumaand performance anxiety is common place. Staal nearly looses an eye and is not the same. Boyle meets Chris Neil and has not been the same. I think the team that works more with things like psychology, hypnosis and dare I say even concepts like Zen and meditation will have an edge. There have been studies, (and there's no way in the billion dollar industry of pro sports that this is not known) validating these concepts as aiding performance and helping players move through trauma.
Good points, Kevin. However, I've lost respect for Lundqvist. We were given the impression that he wanted/needed to win a Cup and that was more important to him than the money. Well, it's been clear all along that this is not a Cup contending team, yet he signed an extension for $8.5 per. Hey, if you can get the money, great. But then don't talk about how important winning is, because you would have been on your way to a team that can serious compete for the Cup. Further, as I've written before, I would have preferred that the team move Lundqvist. We haven't won anything with him (not that it is his fault) and we're not going to win in the foreseeable future. I wanted the Chicago model. Strong players in the forward and D positions and two no-name goalies at the time and who didn't cost much. Instead, we have considerable money tied up in Hank, Richards and Nash and we're going no where. Thanks, Glen. JMHO.
I don't know. I get what you're saying, but it seems to me less about people believing in themselves (that's just media sound bytes to save face) and more about these guys not believing in each other. Heck, it doesn't even look like AV believes in these guys, and certainly at the beginning of the year, Hank would show frustration at his teammates for making mistakes on D, not scoring goals, etc. I've been a critic of the '11-'12 team in terms of their actual talent level, but I will say, that team had chemistry and camaraderie. It was like they were all best friends and had each other's backs. This years' team (which actually has a lot of the same players from '11-'12) just don't seem to care about playing for each other. Maybe cause so many of them have expiring contracts? I don't know.
Thanks for sharing. Very meaningful and I'm able to draw similarities to my own life. I think you're right and that this also applies to the Rangers. Too bad no one can get into the lockerroom and remind these guys that they are professional athletes. That they are the cram of the crop. They're in the top I don't know, 1000 people in the world at what they do. Have fun. Because it all starts there and everything else follows.
Awhile back I was watching a (hot) girl smiling ear to ear as she saw the Yankees ( side note: barf) win the World Series on TV. I knew she wasnt into sports and I asked her why the big smile. She said because when these guys win they jump around with joy like little boys.
It's fun. It's supposed to be fun. Even though it's a multi billion dollar business and there must be tremendous pressure it all starts with fun.
You "play" a game.
@TheNYRBlog they're not getting along and it's showing on the ice . Don't expect any "fun" from them.
I agree with the above 100%...but I'm so sick of having to coddle the modern athlete. When did these guys get so fragile? Nut up, you're hockey players. Come out, play hockey and play it well and stop getting in your own heads and needing constant reinforcement for your fragile psyches.
Dwayne Robertson is dusting off his lasso as we speak. It's ROUNDUP TIME!!!
i'm sure they'd want kreider
bufff perfect fit. that night we played them i was salivating.
Please don't post stuff from HockeyBuzz on this blog.
@pronasty71I played at Butler University in Indiana. Unfortunately the program was cut seven years ago: http://www.collegecrosse.com/2012/10/30/3567520/butler-bulldogs-lacrosse-division-i-college
@BetweentheworldsMaybe they should call in Phil Jackson.
@SATHER GOTTA GOWish it was that easy but he sleeps with Dolan
Leading up to the two games at Yankee Stadium, NBCSN and the NHL will be doing their own mini 24/7, following around key players in the stadium series. Lundqvist is already pegged, and they said a second Ranger is possible. I imagine they'll start shooting in the next few weeks. If they come in in the middle of this homestand/losing streak, it will be interesting to get a view of the team from a 24/7 perspective and compare to the actual 24/7 2 years ago.
@shoot_the_goalieThat's an interesting point. And very well could be the reason. I guess none of us will ever know, but hopefully they evetually snap out of it.
@Cup4NYR where do you see the rumors?
but sam rosen said it will last a lifetime.
hes coaching right now, not exactly far stretched. this tewam needs punishment. he was in the news today only reason i mentioned it.
Dear NYRBlog Management,
Sorry, but I had some free time today. My first blog of choice was hungover and didn't post anything until 2:15. I had to look up my own articles this morning and one thing lead to another.
Try to go easy on Bruce Garrioch's next MDZ rumor and I'll ease off of hockeybuzz.
Kevin…..brilliant contribution here. I salute your courage in taking a personal, negative, paralyzing situation, turning it into a self-leadership/learning experience and sharing it with all of us. SUPER KUDOS TO YOU.
Psychology is everything in life and I mean everything. How we think about ourselves will always be the determining factor in ever decision we make about anything. How we value ourselves……how we appreciate ourselves……whether we deserve something or someone are the driving forces in all our decision-making processes.
We feel a great sense of self worth (confidence) when we believe we can do things, especially things we have never done before. Self-doubt (loss of confidence) creeps in on all of us, including The N.Y Ranger hockey team. To shift from self-doubt to self-confidence an outside force (like Kevin’s good buddy) has to inspire us to believe in ourselves again. We, by an act of our will then choose to think about ourselves in a more confident….in a more self-appreciative….more valued way (as Kevin shared). If you listen to Kreider talk about what is different for him since he came up to the big club this time it is all about self worth, a more confident way of looking at himself.
Inspiration can only come from exceptional people who have the self-confidence, their own self belief to want to choose (by an act of their will) to inspire others. My good buddy named Phil Jackson and Bill Walton as great examples of such great leaders….and rightly so. If you would like additional names of other “exceptional inspirers” (both known and not known by most of us) listen to the speeches of the great performers as they are inducted into their respective Halls of Fame……withtears in their eyes they will thank parents, teachers, spouses, friends and lovers and of course, coaches……..people who always believed in them……people who inspired them…..people who would not give up on them…..people who would not allow them to give up on themselves.
Kevin’s example raises a great question for all of us….do we inspire our own youngsters….our own lovers…….our spouses…..our partners….our friends? Do we believe in them? Do we let them know?
THANK YOU KEVIN AND PLEASE THANK YOUR FRIEND!
Exactly, or that odd dude Bill Walton who use to meditate and play Grateful Dead tunes before his games lol. I loved Phil J. as a player as well even though he looked awkward on the court
@johnnyb3910LOL! This morning was rough for sure. I actually started writing this post at around 9am and didn't finish until 2pm because I just couldn't sit in front of the computer for too long.