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11-13-2010, 05:52 PM
Jimmy Carter
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Be the lower man. If you're low in your stance, it's hard for the D man to get leverage to move you. Also, minimizing the distance between you and him helps for that as well as not giving him space to get much force behind those slashes or crosschecks (hence, it is less painful for you). If it's a particularly rough battle, lean on your stick to keep your balance. It's nice to be able to get a good tip on a shot coming in, but keeping the screen on is more important.

Take pride when the goalie or D man start whacking away at you. It means that you're getting in their head and doing your job perfectly. One of the most satisfying feelings is getting a goalie to push, shove, and whack at you, then your teammate puts one over the goalies shoulder and the goalie doesn't see it till it's in the net because he was so focused on you. Then just skate away with a smirk on your face, and next time your team has the zone skate right back and do it all over again

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