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Matt Read keeps an exclusive blog throughout the NHL playoffs

Monday, 04.9.2012 / 10:51 PM ET / News
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Follow Flyers rookie Matt Read as he enters his first Stanley Cup Playoffs. Matt will be keeping this exclusive blog presented by Anexinet through the Flyers entire playoff run.

DAYS 5-6: Apr. 14-15

Just prior to Game 3, Matt Read does a video blog on returning back home to Philadelphia and expectations for the upcoming games at the Wells Fargo Center.

WATCH HERE >>

DAY 4: Apr. 13

Well last I left everyone it was right after Game One. I talked to my parents and my little brother Mitchell. My dad always watches my games and talks to me about it. I like to hear what he has to say. He's always helped me out in my game throughout my career.

I didn't really fall asleep until around 3 a.m. though. I just kind of sat there and watched TV. The game was so intense and I think my adrenaline was still kicking.

We didn't have practice until 1 p.m. yesterday, so I slept in quite a bit, actually more than I'm used to. I had a good breakfast, took my time and came to practice. It was an optional skate, but I always go out to skate.

Overall it was a just a really relaxing day.

I tried to take a little nap after the practice but it didn't work, so a bunch of guys came to our room and we just played FIFA Soccer on Playstation 3.

Zac Rinaldo brought it with him on the trip and a bunch of us have been playing it when we have down time… It's Zac's game and he's not really good at it. Brayden Schenn is the worst at it though. It was really fun to have the afternoon off and just hang out with the guys and all go to dinner again.

Today's really just another normal game-day for me. I had a good skate this morning and I'm not really changing anything up.

I noticed the playoffs are getting a little bit different though. Everyone's a little more focused than usual. There's also a lot more media around than a regular season game, it kind of reminds me of the Winter Classic where there was a lot of that.

DAYS 2-3: Apr. 11-12

Well going through my first game-day for the playoffs - it was pretty exciting. Coming out before the game and having the crowd go wild kind of got my blood flowing making it even more exciting.

Even though I felt like time was going slow and I had a lot more time than usual before the game I didn't change anything from my routine. It was pretty much the same as any game throughout the year.

I have a coffee and a granola bar before the game to kind of relax before we have meetings at the rink. Then I play soccer with the guys to get warmed-up and do some stretches on my own. After that I sit in my stall for about five minutes just to get focused before getting dressed for warm-ups.

What a first game it was too… The game-winner from Jake was incredible. Any overtime victory is morally a great victory, coming back from that deficit makes it more meaningful.

Being on the ice for the game-winner I just remember it was a hard-fought shift in their zone. I was in front of the net when I saw Matty C shoot it. I got hit but turned around and I had a feeling that someone was backdoor looking for a rebound. I saw Jake put it in the net. Everything from there just kind of stopped for me. It was such an exciting moment and I just really tried to enjoy it as much as I could.

I'm headed back to the hotel now, but I'm going to call my parents first. I call them after every game I play. After that I'll probably catch the end of the Western Conference game and get to bed. Now we really have to move forward and get focused for Game Two.

DAY 1: Apr. 10


Well its the day before we get going here for the playoffs, and I have to say the feeling for me and entering my first Stanley Cup Playoff game is a lot of nerves.

It’s almost like your first NHL game all over again and thinking about all the little things like…  what you can do to be the best player that you can be, just show up for every shift and do everything right to make the team better, so admittedly - the nerves are going through me right now because of all the excitement of being in my first playoff series and the chance to win the Stanley Cup. It’s obviously a dream come true and finally it’s all coming together.  I'm really just looking forward to Game One.

These past few days have been really good for me. After ending the season where we really didn't have two or three days off between games, we had a break starting with the team gathering at XFinity Live.

I even had to give a little speech before we showed a video for the crowd there.

I didn't even know I was going to talk, but as far as I know Lavi asked Claude Giroux who was the best speaker, and I guess he said me for some reason - I took public speaking in college and didn’t do very well. I was pretty nervous but I think the mic was too loud so I got away with it not being too bad!

These past couple days though I’ve been resting as much as I can. I went for a couple walks in downtown Philly where I went shopping and out to eat. It's been great weather and I tried to enjoy it as much as I can. It got my mind off of hockey too, just because when it comes to hockey, a lot of thought goes towards it, and you just want to give your mind a little break once and a while.

After a couple good, hard practices, we're off to Pittsburgh. I usually get to bed early and keep hockey on the back of my mind. I don’t want to be thinking about it too much, getting too excited or getting too amped up before bed.

Gameday tomorrow is really when I get into game-mode - I do a lot of preparation for the upcoming game at the morning skate which are just little things that you know can help you succeed on the ice. On games days when you wake up in the morning, to showering and brushing your teeth, hockey is on your mind and those little things pay off during the day.



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2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
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R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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