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Blocking Shots: OK Tactic, Bad Strategy
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02-05-2010, 06:08 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Blocking shots is not "lazy" hockey.
It's a tactic primarily used on the PK where the players are forced to collapse because they lack the manpower to force the puck up ice. It's certainly not a "go-to" strategy used at even strength.
Failing to stand up the opposition at the blueline has nothing to do with the fact that our players are employing a strategy where they want to block shots, it's just that our defense is not very good. The players on this team are small and not physical, and tend to get outmuscled easily.
The one complaint I have with blocking shots is that if you are going to block a shot, make sure you get all of it and not a piece of it. Those are the types of things that lead to deflections and flukey goals.
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