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 Two
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Dec. 12, 2005
The bottom line is that I want to help this team win. It's not about individual success. It's about team. I think the Kings liked what they saw during my Stanley Cup playoff run to the Finals with the Calgary Flames in 2004 and they brought me here because they thought I was somebody who could help this team have that kind of success.
In Game 7 of the Finals, I didn't care who scored. It didn't matter. I was on the bench watching every shift, looking for someone to take his game to another level.
I think that's the way it has to be during the regular season as well. Guys are here fighting for contracts and fighting for position, but to have a team be successful, everybody has to be unselfish and all about the team.
The bottom line is that you are going to have tough times and you're not always going to be happy with the way things are going with the team, but you have to find ways to get out of slumps sooner than later.
That's the thing about a good team. They always are able to regroup and get back in it with a winning streak. If you look at the standings, we've got to put ourselves in a position at the end of the year where we're right in the thick of things. We're in that hunt right now.
Slumps are a part of the game, but you really have to put the negative stuff out of your mind. You're never as good or as bad as people say, so you just have to stay positive. It's really a fine line between winning and losing.
We have a lot of talent here, so the most important thing is to continue to work hard. The times when we get into trouble are the times when we get a little bit too fancy and we make mistakes. That's what we're trying to stay away from.
We had some special players in Calgary and they really showed what they were made of during the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs. I see a lot of those same type players here. You look in net and on our defense?¢?Ç¨¬¶we have everything we need.