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Beating Sharks Twice Has Raised Team's Confidence

Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson blogs about two wins over San Jose and more

by Oliver Ekman-Larsson @OEL_23 / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE - We have a couple of home games this week on the night before and the night after Thanksgiving. We're hoping to build off our win over San Jose on Saturday. We've beaten the Sharks two times this season and those wins have helped us build confidence. San Jose is a really great team and they have a lot of great players. Beating them twice is a big step in the right direction for us. At the same time we recognize that we have to play more games like those games, and we know it won't be easy. We haven't played consistent enough to get a lot of points this season and we have to find a way to do that.

• I've been stuck on five goals for 10 games now. That's a pretty long time for me not to score a goal but it doesn't bother me too much because I know we have a lot of guys on this team who can also score goals. I know I'll score more goals if I just keep focusing on what I know I can do on the ice. I also need to keep defending well. I think I've been doing a pretty good job of that, but I have some steps to take to get better.

• We're playing Vancouver on Wednesday and I'm hoping my friend Jacob Markstrom plays goalie for them. He played for them last week and they beat us, so it would be nice to go up against him again and get some revenge. We're good friends, but when it's game time we're not friends anymore for a few hours. It's always a lot of fun to play against him. He's a good goalie. If you score on him you know you've done something really good.

• I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving and taking a short break from the season. I'll be going over to a friend's house and spending some time with his family and his kids and eating some good food. I like turkey. Who doesn't, it tastes like chicken right? I've only been celebrating Thanksgiving since I came to the U.S., but I've really come to enjoy it. It's a good day for me to think about things other than hockey. I think a special day off like that in the middle of the season really helps the players. I'm sure I'll feel a little bit heavier on Friday but I will also have more energy.

• I'm going to end this blog by asking everyone who is reading to pray for our friend and teammate Craig Cunningham. We all feel really bad about what happened to Cunny, but we know he's a fighter and that he is fighting every day for himself and for his family. We are all thinking about him and supporting him in that fight. 

Thanks for reading.

-- OEL 

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