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Greening: Just Remember It's Still Early

by Sens Player blog / Ottawa Senators

It’s been a bit of an inconsistent start to our season so far, but everything is a learning process for us right now. The biggest thing is to remember that we are a young team. For all those people who are worrying about us, just remember it’s only four games into the season and we’ve got 78 more to go. We’re working on learning the systems right and communication with each other. This is not a group of guys that’s been together for a number of years. This is a new team and this is a process. I think we’ve got a lot of talent on this team and we showed against Minnesota that when we play well, good things happen and we’ll get rewarded for it. I think we’re fine

Colin Greening knows an NHL season isn't a sprint, it's a marathon, and he's keeping the team's start in perspective (Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images).
Tuesday night, we had a red carpet event before our home opener against Minnesota and it was a lot of fun. I’ve never gone through anything like that in my life and it just shows the professionalism of the Senators organization and how they want to treat their fans and reward their fans for coming to the games. I thought it was great and I hope we can do more things like that. I didn’t expect to see that many people out, but it really shows the dedication of our fans.

My parents were in town for that game and it was a good game for them to see. It was back and forth and we ended up winning in a shootout, so you couldn’t have asked for more. For them, it was also a real treat to see me score a goal as well. So I certainly appreciated them coming and I know they really enjoyed it.

There’s a few times during that game, I remembered that my parents were here watching me. For the most part you try not to dwell on it because if you’re thinking, ‘oh my goodness, my parents are here, I’ve got to play well,’ then you grip the stick too hard and you start making rash decisions. That can end up being more of a detriment than anything. They were at a lot of my games in college, so I’m used to them coming to see me play.

Now that I’m in the NHL, it’s much easier for them to keep track of how I’m doing. They can figure out how much ice time I’m getting and all those little stats. Trust me, they tell me about it, but they take a vested interest in my hockey career. For my family, this is something new. We’ve never had anyone make it to the professional ranks and I’m very thankful that I have a family that supports me so much. They’re always trying to get to my games. Not only my immediate family, but cousins, uncles and aunts ... they’re all very supportive and that’s really important, so I think I’m really lucky in that respect.

Both my parents are very realistic people. They always try to keep me level headed and remind me not to let the highs get too high and the lows get too low. For example, Thursday night, we had a tough game against Colorado. When I talked to my parents afterward, they basically said that happens, it’s part of life. Stuff like that is just a bump in the road and what can you do besides learn from it and move on. That’s just good advice and it reminds me not to dwell on things too much. It’s water under the bridge now.
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