As I was driving to the office this morning, I was still lamenting last night’s Washington Capitals playoff game in which they lost 4-1. For those of you who are not sports or hockey fans, my Caps dominated the regular season. They are the #1 seed in the playoffs and were expected to dominate the Montreal Canadians. The Caps won 3 of the first 4 games as expected and where only 1 win away from advancing to the next round….they had all the momentum. However, that’s when things began to change…
Montreal goal-tender, Jaroslav Halak began playing out of his mind. He had been so bad earlier in the series that he actually got replaced by the back-up goalie, but in Game 5, he held the high scoring Caps team to just one goal. Then last night, in the first few minutes he made 3 spectacular saves that gave he and his team the confidence they needed to sustain the momentum they had started in the previous game. By the time the game was over, Halak has stopped an incredible 53 of 54 shots taken at him. To put that in context…if a team gets off 35 shots in a game it’s considered a lot…or another way to think about it is…a Hall of Fame goalie over his career will stop 50 out of every 54 shots taken at him.
Ok, so here are some random thoughts of what to make of the above….
- People, businesses, teams, churches and organizations need to get and then sustain momentum.
- Sometimes momentum comes from just 1 person. By the fact the Caps got off 54 shots tells us that the rest of the Canadians were not playing well. Halak though was a difference maker.
- There will always be a key moment or decision that will determine whether you will gain or lose momentum. Halak’s first few saves gave him confidence that he sustained throughout the rest of the game. Had he even let in one of those shots the rest of the game would have likely been very different.
- When you have momentum don’t do anything drastic that might change it. The Canadians kept the same strategy and line-up throughout.
- In your life, family, organization, etc, what can you do to help build momentum?
- Have you realized that YOU, even though you are just one person, can be a difference maker that will inspire those around you?
- One final thought, the reality is this post was just a way for me to vent my frustrations with the Caps, so I came up with a lame blog post, trying to turn what Satan meant for evil into good. 🙂
So let’s hear from you…what lessons have you learned about momentum? And oh yeah…Let’s Go Caps in game 7 tomorrow night!