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09-14-2009, 04:10 PM
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Shooting accurately is just as much a skill as shooting hard. When Rod Gilbert asked Rocket Richard what the secret to scoring was, Richard didn't say shooting hard, he said know where the net is.
Knowing when and where to find the open man is just as much a skill as getting open for the shot. Indeed getting in a good position to score does no good unless someone gets the puck to you.
Much like Hasek made fluky save after fluky save, Gretzky had the skill to get lucky an awful lot. Hasek's skills were unorthodox, and Greztky's skills were subtle compared to the boom and flash of others, but they are skills none the less.
Dominik Hasek had a superior understanding of the geometry of hockey and how it pertained to his position. So the saves were far from fluky. The following thread has some posts by Dr. No which touch this aspect of Hasek's game:
On the other hand Dominik Hasek's skills are inadequately portrayed by SV% stats, etc.
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