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04-12-2009, 12:08 PM
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I had an opportunity to try this situation last night. I caught the other defender just as he was plugging through the neutral, stick checked and pulled the puck out from under him and wheeled around. The other defender pulled back as I recrossed the blue line. I stick handled and then went backhand and skated around him. Back to forehand, and when I got in close, I pulled the puck in and went back hand short side.

While it worked out that time, my teams system is a hard forecheck into their zone, almost kamikaze style. I find when I chase the puck in, I'm always going to be one of the last back, but I want to condition myself so I can have more energy for the shifts. Any work out recommendations? When the puck gets dumped in, I skate in like Tyler Kennedy, no fear, and have the mindset to get the puck at all costs. It does take a wear on the body after the 5th or 6th shift, and then I'm gassed after gaining their zone, or skating back. Hope I'm not confusing.

Think 2-1-2 or 1-2-2 system.

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