Diane's Playoff Diary, 4/18/00:
Thanks for the Pep Talk
Technically we Stars fans are not part of the team. We dont do a darn thing to affect the outcome of the games, and can only watch helplessly and hope our boys do their best. This is why we engage in all our crazy superstitionsthe foil Stanley Cups and lucky jewelry and ceremonial kissing of the Carbonneau Sher-Wood that hangs in my kitchenso we feel like were doing something.
Technically were not part of the team, but in spirit were on the team plane, in the dressing room, on the ice for the opening faceoff. So we feel its important to have our hearts united with the cause, our minds on the same page as the guys who really do get to play the game.
Thats why Guys latest playoff diary was helpful.
Its like our own little talk with the coach in the room before the game. So, how do we all feel after Sundays loss to Edmonton? Were disappointed, we should be, we got our butts kicked all right. But our mood is fine, were staying positive. We know from experience this road has its bumps.
And what do we do now? Avoid the same mistakes. Be the kind of team we know we are, a team that improves its play after a loss, a team that thrives on pressure rather than buckling under it.
Thats the good word from Carbo. And even more than the words themselves, it is the spirit Guy conveys that encourages us. "We talked about what Edmonton did to us, what we didnt do and what we need to do to them," he says. I like this concept: what were going to do to them. This is classic Carbonneau: Confidence that bears no resemblance whatsoever to cockiness, because it is based on so much wisdom and experience.
Up 2-1 in the series, we fans are hardly panicking yet but still, the nervousness had crept back in. Those butterflies settle down a bit at the sound of the steady voice of our third line center, whom the Dallas Morning News recently called the emotional compass of the team.
And although we arent
technically part of that team, it feels better to know the compass
is pointing to confidence.