Each Monday during the month of December, Kings forward Craig Conroy will post his journal of thoughts on the weeks upcoming and past events. Be sure to check out each entry.
Craig Conroy Journal Entry one Dec. 5, 2005
This current road trip is a big challenge for us. Anytime you get to play against maybe the best team in the NHL in Ottawa, you know it's going to be tough. Add to the mix Toronto, Montreal and Chicago - three original six teams - and we know as a team we need top stay focused and determined.
When you cross the border into Canada, hockey is everything. It's the first thing on the T.V. and it's the first thing in the newspaper. Everything that happens in Canada revolves around hockey. It's fun, and it's a good way for our team to get some exposure and earn some respect by playing well.
It's been a gratifying season so far for me, playing with Pavs and Fro. But it's starting to get harder out there. The teams we've played lately have had their best "D" out there against us. We're going to have to just continue to work hard and battle through it. We've got to continue to outwork the lines we're matched up against to be successful.
Our power play has struggled lately and we're working hard to fix the problem. I think the big thing for us is that we need to simplify things. We need to get the puck back to the point, we need to shoot and we need to crash the net. We've got to throw pucks from everywhere on the net. We haven't been creating a lot of good scoring chances.
The big thing for us is that we need to move the defenders out of position and than shoot and get rebounds. You look at the good teams in this league. They all do it. They beat teams because they take advantage of their power plays.
I grew up about an hour and a half from Montreal, so Montreal was always my favorite team growing up. Ottawa came into the league a little bit later so everything we watched was about Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. We had Hockey Night in Canada and everything.
I'm excited to be back so close to home and it's also been an expensive road trip for me as far as tickets, because I had about 100 people come out to watch our game against Ottawa. All those guys I played pick-up hockey with last year stopped out for the game and cheered us on.