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06-15-2011, 01:04 PM
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Most NHL defensemen have pretty quick feet, the gap between skates is small and easy to defend
if the D-man is aware of it all they have to do is kick at the puck
When the move is executed correctly, the puck really isn't in close enough proximity to the defenseman's feet for him to be able to kick/impede it with his skates. You could have anywhere from 2-4 feet of a gap to maneuver the puck through and ideally you want to push it through closer to the stick blade than the defenseman's feet. Definitely not an effective move if the foward's speed is comparable to the back-skating defenseman, but could be a useful under different circumstances.... A lot of times it is hard for the defender not to react to the puck and remember to play the body.
Not the best example, but on Marchand's short-handed goal a few games ago, you see him pass the puck under this gap on the player who was checking him
Here is a good example of Seguin using this move on a defenseman who's not skating fast enough to keep up with him:
Just figured you'd see this move pulled more frequently. Surprised more forwards did not burn Malik in this manner, because he had that long stick thrown out there on the ice, and wasn't the most efficient back skater out there.
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