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Stanley Cup Finals Game Six: Attitude and Depth Will Determine Winner

Published by on June 8, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

Mind games

A coach once told me, "Your toughest opponent is this right here," and he pointed to his head.

The more I competed, the more I found this statement to be true.

Anyone who's played sports (and especially hockey) knows that, on some days, the mood in the locker room before the game is as much a determining factor of the result than what happens during the game.

Some teams beat themselves in their heads before the game even starts.

At this point in the Stanley Cup Finals, physical health is pretty consistent. That is, everyone is playing with some injury or ailment, and no one is 100 percent.

But, in an elimination game, I believe it is a team's mental health t...

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