Gap Control - Defending Against Fast Forwards
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02-20-2010, 03:19 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Lewiston, ME USA
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I personally wouldnt be more than the length of your stick from the attacking player at your blue line.
if you are defending a rush. when backing out of the offensive zone your first move should be to get inside the dots. then if you can try and line up your outside shoulder on their inside shoulder. even if you are slow footed get some momentum and watch the puck carriers chest. the second that they see you look at the puck thats when they will dangle you. Keep your stick on their stick. (meaning if possible you keep your stick blade on their stick blade, blocking their ability to shoot or pass). force them to put the puck in an area, hopefully your teammates win the race for the lose puck.
That is what I do as well, more than one stick length and you are just giving up too much space to allow passing lanes once they have gained the zone because you played back too far to begin with.
I try to stand someone up at the blueline, playing noncontact is not easy but I play the body anyway without checking. They can't skate through you.
I watch the hips mainly as one cannot go anywhere except the direction they have those turned. It is a tough job to play defense and when you get burned you need to shake it off quickly and remember what you did wrong but forget it at the same time and move on. Once I learned I cannot stop everything and getting beaten sometimes is a part of the game it allowed me to relax and play smarter.
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