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 Two
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Mar. 13, 2006
People often ask me what it's like for me on a game day. They want to know what I do to prepare for the game.
On game day, I come in for the morning skate and then go back home and sleep right away. I sleep for maybe 45 minutes and then I make sure I eat a good meal. After that, I just rest. I take it easy and try to concentrate and focus on the game for maybe an hour. Then I get ready to go to STAPLES Center.
I don't focus on the other team. I just focus on how I'm going to react to situations that I might face in the game that night. I just try to imagine some plays and me stopping the puck.
Every goalie allows bad goals sometimes. When you do, you just want to forget about it right away. Actually, I think it's the same for a good save. You just want to move on because it's such a long game. You've got to take it one shot at a time. If it goes in, it's a goal. If not, you still have to focus on the next shot you'll be facing. You can't get stuck in the past with a good save or a bad goal.
Being an NHL goaltender is a great life. It's what I've been dreaming about for as long as I can remember. I'm playing the best game in the world and I'm just enjoying my job right now.
Playing in Manchester last year helped prepare me for this season. A lot of my teammates were in Manchester with me last year, so that makes it so much easier for me. We've got great leadership in the locker room and lots of young talent. I think we've got a great team.
It took me a while to get where I am, but playing in the minors is something most everybody needs to go through. I think all that matters is that when you do get to the NHL, you get there ready. I think some goalies are getting into the league maybe a little to young and they lose confidence. When you get older, you learn to deal with it.