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Canadiens stamp improbable series comeback with dominant Game 7 win over Leafs

They were practically dead in the water, drowning after being pummeled 4-0 on home ice and held to just four goals in the first four games of this series against a Toronto Maple Leafs team that beat them in seven of 10 regular-season games and finished 18 points ahead in the standings. And if anyone was giving the Montreal Canadiens a chance at that point, after so few gave them a chance before this series started, they were delusional.

But the Canadiens kicked their way to the surface with three consecutive wins, the last of which — Monday’s 3-1 series-clincher — never seemed in doubt for a single second once the puck dropped at Scotiabank Arena.

“That was our best game of the series,” Carey Price told Sportsnet’s Kyle Bukauskas after it.

It was one of the best ones he’s played in his 14 years defending an NHL net.

It was Price who gave the Canadiens a puncher’s chance of defying the predictions from the beginning of Game 1, and it was Price who authoritatively stamped their ticket to Winnipeg like he was punching an Auston Matthews shot away with his blocker.

Oh, the shots from Big No. 34, the NHL’s most gifted goal scorer, who captured the Rocket Richard Trophy with 41 in 52 regular-season games — many of them scored with a bum wrist — could’ve snuffed out decades of playoff misery for the Maple Leafs if not for Price’s armor. He came into Game 7 with one goal on a series-leading 32 shots and finished the night with two more on the scoresheet that Price took away. Price kicked another one that didn’t register wide of the net.

Linemates Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman scored on one between them through the first six games and were held to none despite combining for eight shots in Game 7.

With the score 3-0, and with just 1:36 remaining in the third period, William Nylander beat Price on the blocker side. But the way the 33-year-old goaltender made his 29 saves before that, it appeared — and inevitably proved — virtually impossible 1:36 would be enough time to score even one more goal on him, let alone two.

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How to Win at Life

Being a winner in life really just means learning how to grow as a person while creating healthy, happy relationships. The best way to do this is to create a fulfilling lifestyle filled with love and positivity. Make sure to cultivate healthy thoughts, relationships, and practices in your daily life.

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    Practice thinking confident thoughts. Confidence, like many things, is a skill that can be learned. Even if you don’t start off feeling confident, the more you practice, the better you’ll get and the happier you’ll feel. Think positively about your life. When faced with an obstacle, tell yourself that you can overcome it.[1]

    • Even if you’re not feeling confident, try acting confident with body language. Stand up straight while you’re walking or sitting. Avoid standing with your arms crossed. Instead, put your hands on your hips.
    • Just smiling, even if you force it, can help you feel instantly happier and more confident, as your brain releases endorphins.[2]
    • Stop negative thinking. It’s normal to have self-doubts, but you can overcome them. Every time you start having negative thoughts about yourself, stop yourself and re-frame the thought into a positive or neutral one. For example, if you find yourself thinking “I am so worthless,” think instead, “I am really valuable to myself and others.”[3]
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    Encourage yourself to keep learning. Never stop educating yourself throughout your life. It will keep your brain sharp, lower your risk for diseases like Alzheimer’s, and give you interesting things to discuss with other people. Start with subjects that are interesting to you, such as video game design or historical costuming.[4]

    • Educate yourself about what is happening in the world: advances in science, medicine, politics, art, and current events. This keeps you in touch with what is going on.
    • Try to learn a new skill, such as knitting, speaking a foreign language, or understanding astrophysics.
    • Reading books and articles, watching the news and documentaries, or doing online tutorials are all great ways to keep learning.
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    Learn from your mistakes. No matter how successful you are, no matter how healthy you are, no matter what you do or don’t do, you’re going to make mistakes and experience failure. Sometimes these incidents will be your fault, sometimes they won’t. It’s how you respond to them that will determine your ability to be successful at life.[5]

    • Your attitude toward life shapes how you experience things. Let go of your expectations and accept life as it is. This will empower you to handle whatever comes your way.[6]
    • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. When you do make a mistake, ask yourself how did things go wrong, what did you learn from it, and what will you do differently next time?
    • To learn from your mistakes, you must first take accountability for them. Acknowledge where you went wrong so that you can fix it.
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How to Develop your Acting Skills

Acting is a skill. Like most skills it’s aided by natural talent, but that’s not enough. So how do you develop your acting skills and become the confident, captivating actor that you dream of? By the end of this article you’ll have some techniques under your belt to help enhance your acting skills, regardless of where you are at in your career. None of the work outlined in this article requires spending a great deal of money, but it does require dedicated and focused effort.

For those of you that think you can’t work on your acting everyday, this is how. I’m going to cover all the major areas of acting work including: voicemovementknowledgetext work and acting.

Every element is important and helps you become a more engaging and versatile actor. Enjoy!

Voice

voice is an acting skill

Your voice is one of the few tangible assets you have as an actor. It’s your resonance, breath support, articulation, and expression. Work on it like you would any instrument! If you want to be able to tackle the language of Shakespeare, or the emotional demands of Arthur Miller, you need a voice that strong, flexible and connected. Voice work is the most neglected area of acting training by young actors, but I am hoping to change that outlook today. That is why voice work is number one on this list!

#1 Why Voice is Important?

You want your voice to be flexible enough to embody any character that’s thrown your way. Can you play a powerful high status character? Can you play someone with a strong accent? Can you play a character who speaks twice as fast as you? Voice is key to unlocking a world of characters and different ways of bringing them to life for an audience. Using your natural voice might work for a little while, but eventually, you’ll need to diversify your vocal talent in order to book more jobs, and more varying roles.

#2 Voice Warm Ups

Voice warm ups come in all shapes and sizes. The key is to find one that works for you. It’s always best to put together a warm up based on advice from a professional voice coach, or from a voice class you’ve taken. The key to voice warm ups is that consistency trumps effort. Doing 5-10 minutes a day is better than 1 hour long session each week. If you want to develop your acting skills I recommend doing something every morning (maybe give yourself Sunday off).

Remember: doing something everyday is better than doing one big voice session once a week or once a month. 

#3 Articulation Exercises

Articulation is one skill that is often neglected, and yet it is incredibly beneficial to work on daily. Add 5 minutes of articulation exercises into your vocal warm up every day. Take the time to work on particular sounds that you struggle with, and always work with a piece of text. Whether it be ShakespeareBrecht or Kenneth Lonergan – choose something that inspires you.

Idea: get some help! I have an articulation vocal warm up I listen to on Spotify. Each morning I flick it on and just do that for 3 minutes. Having someone talk me through out just helps keep me accountable. It’s good fun, and seriously annoys my housemates.

#4 Work on Text

We will talk a little more about text work later, but remember you are working on voice to improve how you work on text. So speak some great text out loud everyday. Ideally this could is a great poem, or dramatic piece of text like a monologue. I believe regularly reading wonderful writing out-loud everyday is one of the most enriching things you can do as an actor.

For more on voice work. 

Movement

Movement for actors

Like with voice, you don’t want your own habits and tensions to inhibit you when it comes to developing unique and nuanced characters. If you can work from an aligned, grounded and relaxed starting point physically, you can explore the likes of Richard the Third as well as a laid back surfer from LA with ease.

#1 Why Movement is Important?

Movement is one of the areas of acting you can work on daily and see a noticeable improvement very quickly. It’s the work that will allow you to be a more relaxed and expressive actor. I can’t stress how important movement work is for actors. Freeing the body, also frees the mind, and the less limitations you have physically, the more open you are to opportunities, ideas and direction.

#2 Movement Exercises

Physical exercise, doesn’t always mean a work out at the gym (although this is a really important part of an actor’s health and fitness). Your daily movement practice could come in the form of Yoga, Alexander, Feldenkrais or even Tai Chi. Like with voice work, a consistent 5-10 minutes a day is far more powerful than one hour a week. Again, working with a movement coach is a great idea to put you on the right path.

#3 Semi-Supine

If you still haven’t found the movement practice that works for you, I would take a look at doing 10-20 minutes a day in semi-supine. Basically this is an incredible position to recover from the day. It helps with alignment, breath, and is just the best! One acting teacher told me 20 minutes is equivalent to an 8 hour sleep!!! More on semi-supine.

For more on improving movement. 

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