Gap Control - Defending Against Fast Forwards
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02-24-2010, 05:36 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
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Excellent advice. One thing I'd add -- don't be afraid to let the puck carrier take a shot. Prevent him from getting a quality shot. Make sure he can't skate parallel to the goal mouth and force the goalie to move laterally.
It's practically impossible as a D backing up to prevent a guy from cutting across the ice laterally. That's where the backchecking forward is supposed to come into play. I played D my whole life, and that's one thing I used to chew out our forwards about. But at the same time, if you're a forward and you have nobody coming up behind you, you should definitely take advantage of that opportunity and cut across.
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