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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Gulutzan: Up and down month will make Stars better

By Mark Stepneski

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan called the month of November a learning experience that should make the team better.

The Stars, who had a 6-6-1 record for the month, went through a five-game losing streak and lost some key players to injuries, including Alex Goligoski, Adam Burish, Brenden Morrow, Trevor Daley and Kari Lehtonen.

But they bounced back to close out the month on a 3-1-1 run.

Gulutzan was asked to assess the month after Wednesday’s practice.

“I liked October better,” Gulutzan quipped. “It was a good month in a couple of ways. We went through some adversity. We kind of got back on track. For our coaching staff and for me, we had that 11-3 start but really we got pushed out of our comfort zone. We got stressed a little bit and we had to look deeper to see if we could provide some solutions. When you get pushed outside that comfort zone, that’s when you tend to get better, stronger and more resilient. You dig down and you find yourself. It’s like the last three bench presses on a bench press; those are the ones that make you better because you have to fight through them. We learned a lot in that time and I think so did our players.

“November was productive, maybe not as point wise as you want to be. Who wants to go through those stretches? But I think clarity wise of what we need to do, how we need to be as a team and what our coaching staff needs to do, I think we’ll be better for it.”