When the Canucks scored an embarrassing own goal against the Canadiens, it would have been hard to look past it and not let it affect their confidence, but once the puck is in the net, you have to forget it. There’s nothing else you can do to save it, and you can’t change what happened in the past. Interestingly, goalie Brian Elliott said that whenever a goal is scored (either for or against), he “mentally reboots” to a 0-0 game. “Everything is in front of me, nothing is behind me, and I just want to be prepared for that next shot.” The only thing you can do is stop the next goal, and in hockey, you have to get up and dust yourself off pretty quickly before the next faceoff. If you get hung up on a past mistake or failed attempt, you’re not setting yourself up for the next opportunity to try again or save the next goal. Put the last goal, shift, or game behind you and look forward to the next.
Game Plan: Think like a goalie and don’t let a past mistake influence what you can do right now. Even the best goalies make mistakes that they wish they could take back, but the important thing is that you don’t let that mistake define you or your performance right now.
Quote Source: ‘Saved’ by Jack Falla