Help me score on breakaways, please
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07-26-2011, 01:56 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Remember that a lot of it is read/react. Smarter goalies will intentionally give you an opening with the intention of taking it away, but many will just legitimately be leaving an opening.
Typical wisdom states that if the goalie is too deep in his net, you can shoot for an opening, while if he is far out of his net you have to use a deke.
If you're coming in with a lot of speed, you are usually challenging the goalie's backwards skating. If you're fast, the odds are that the goalie can't keep up with your pace and you'll be able to either pull a deke and beat him or catch him backing up too soon and pot one with a straight shot.
This is why you'll see a lot of NHLers change speeds on a breakaway... sometimes they'll come in slow and quickly accelerate, while at other times they'll come in with speed and slow up. The former catches the goalie high, while the latter can catch the goalie backing up too much.
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