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04-11-2009, 09:57 AM
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Tinkeric
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Originally Posted by Rapid eye movemenT View Post

So do I take a shot hoping he's screening the goalie? Try to move the puck through him and skate around (if I have time)? Wait for a supporting forward? Any experienced advice would be greatly appreciated!
Using the defender as a screen is the simplest and probably highest-percentage scoring option. A good defender can still block the shot by anticipating your release, so it's important to remember a few things: (1) change the angle right before you shoot, either by faking and then moving laterally or by pulling the puck closer to your feet before you shoot. (2) shooting in mid-stride can catch the defender and goalie off guard and they won't even have time to react.

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