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02-18-2011, 09:52 AM
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BM, I am cheered by your participation in this thread. You are one of the GMs whose presence I most miss in the ATD. Maybe we could co-GM sometime in the future? Anyway, here is an interesting article about Bathgate, Denneny (strange bookends) and shooting the puck:

Bathgate can stickhandle and pass, but his shot has been his greatest stock in trade. To us it has always appeared "different" and when Rangers were at Detroit Tuesday, we asked him whether we were right or was it just an optical illusion. At times, we had thought his shot actually "curved". Sounds unbelievable although hockey observers from another area had told us all was possible and that Cy Denneny was able to do that little thing while playing with Ottawa and Boston in the 1920's.

When queried re "curving" a puck, Andy said:

"It's no secret, at times there is a spin on my shots. I picked it up from curling. Talking to curlers in Winnipeg, I was told that a curling rock delivered straight doesn't go true because of the irregularities of the ice. So by twisting the rock, it goes true and is under control.

When I can, I cradle the puck on the heel of the stick, not in the middle as so many other players. I think the puck spins. Others have remarked about it but I do believe it gives me better control once I take aim."

Talking to an NHL goalkeeper regarding the "curve" on Bathgate's shot, we got another answer.

"I wouldn't know. It comes so fast I have trouble even seeing the puck, must the less (sic) trying to figure out whether it curves or not. It seems to come at me at 100 m.p.h."

And that goalkeeper could be right.

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