Nik Antropov acknowledges his recent 19-game goal-scoring drought was eating him up.
He ended it against Toronto, Tuesday, and made it two games in a row with a goal against the Rangers, Thursday, mainly due to a mental shift.
“I was too much down on myself for not performing,” Antropov said, Friday. “That’s what changed a bit, and it’s turned around.”
Antropov says he first became aware of the need to stay even-keel in Toronto, where the ups and downs are more magnified than almost anywhere.
“Because up there you get one game you score a couple of goals you’re a hero,” he said. “And next day if you get a bad game you’re in the bottom of their list again.”
Antropov is riding a four-game point streak going into Saturday’s visit to his old stomping grounds, where he’s the enemy, now.
“I’ve always been an enemy there,” he said, chuckling. “It’s fun to play against the old team all the time.”