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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Each Monday during the month of March, Kings goalie Mathieu Garon will post his journal of thoughts on the weeks upcoming and past events. Be sure to check out each entry.

Mathieu Garon Journal Entry one
Mar. 6, 2006

I like that I've been very busy this year in net for the Kings. I want to be that guy, and I'm really focused on having a strong finish to the regular season. The break was good for me. The few days away from the rink helped me clear my head and now I'm ready for the big challenge ahead.

Sometimes, just getting away from the rink is as good as a practice. For myself, spending time with my family is something I really look forward to. The last couple of months we were playing every other day and traveling a lot so I didn't have a lot of time with my family. I tried to make up for that during the break.

This is an important year for me. I've been waiting so long to get my chance to be a number one goaltender in the NHL and playing for the Kings has allowed me to have that opportunity.

I try not to put too much pressure on myself and I approach every game the same way. It's getting two points that matter the most. I want to be the best every night, and sometimes it doesn't work out that way. I just try to work hard and do the best I can.

It's also been a year of adjustments for me with the new rules for goalies, but the adjustments haven't been too bad. As far as the new equipment, it took me a week or two to get used to the smaller pads, and for the other rules, I had a chance to experience them in the American Hockey League last year. I find myself thinking a little bit more out there, but it's something we all have to deal with as goalies.

I've never liked the shootout and I don't think I ever will, but as a fan, when I watch a game on TV I like to watch the shootout. It's not easier, but it's a little different this year from last year because we are likely to face only three shooters instead of the five shooters we faced in AHL last year. I like that better. Here, if you make that first save and than your team scores, you have a very good chance of coming out on top in the end.

I don't really worry about who will be shooting against me in a shootout because most of the time it's going to be the same top two or three guys I had to worry about during the first three periods of the game. You know you're going to face good players in the shootout so I think you just want to focus on one shot at a time.

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