A short time ago, Patrik Berglund might not have been in the game mentally enough in the third period to score a game-tying goal, as he did in Thursday's eventual 4-3 shootout win over New Jersey. Berglund still struggles with his consistency, but after "a long couple of days" of talking to Blues coach Ken Hitchcock last month, he is learning to not get down on himself when he's not producing. "He let his missed opportunities affect his emotion and I told him, 'You can't do that,'" Hitchcock said. "I said you have other aspects of the game that are important and you're good at. Just because you missed a goal, you can't let it affect the way you kill penalties or the way you check somebody. He would miss a goal halfway through the first period, get really down on himself and then disappear for half the game. I told him, 'You can help us win a game and never get a point.' And he's really changed. I mean, he's a way different player than he was a month ago." Few professional athletes face anyone more critical of their performance than themselves, but Berglund takes it to a detrimental level. Former Blues coach Andy Murray first made the observation years ago, and two coaches later, it's a problem that even the 23-year-old center doesn't deny.
Berglund learning to stop battling himself
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Feb 11