How to play shutdown defense
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12-28-2009, 02:17 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
I converted to D this summer and I love it. You get to control the flow of the game and get more ice time. I've even been a plus player every game this year (and we're only a .500 team).
The #1 thing is to keep the puck to the outside and not let guys camp in the crease. If the puck gets below the faceoff dots on my side, I will attack the puck carrier and force him to take a bad shot, make a bad pass, or try and strip him of the puck. Otherwise I'm making sure guys aren't hanging around in front of my goalie.
On 2-on-1's, I stay between them and take away the pass (let the goalie see the puck). On 1-on-1's, I stay in front of the skater, wait until he tries to go around me, then poke check it off his stick (no check league, and it works 9 times out of 10).
Bottom line, keep them outside the slot, communicate with your partner, turn the puck up ice. If you played forward, you know what they want to do, make them think they can do it, then shut em down!
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