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03-21-2008, 02:47 AM
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Forwards are not invincible in front of the net. They don't have a free pass. Defencemen can battle for position with them. The only crackdown in front of the net is stickwork. If you cross check the forward in any way, shape or form (I see the rake down the back a lot), you should get a penalty. If your stick is between the forward's legs, it's your fault by rule if he falls down, thus a tripping penalty should be called. If you knock the forward down when the puck is not there, it's classic interference. Of course, all other rules are in play, but the aforementioned is what Hockey Canada has told us to be more attentive to in front of the net.

Other than that, battle away!

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