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08-31-2011, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by BraveCanadian View Post
The Ulf Dahlen I remember was definitely great along the boards with that unusual skating style of his and solid defensively.. but I don't remember him as a power forward in the classic sense, or as someone who was physically intimidating at all.

I could be misremembering (thanks GWB).
Dahlen definitely wasn't a "power forward" in terms of delivering punishment - he was a regular Lady Byng candidate. But while he didn't give it out, he was elite at taking punishment without coughing up the puck, something that will be quite handy against Bill Juzda:

Originally Posted by Mike Vogel, Capitals official website
It’s amazing how much physical punishment Dahlen can take in the high traffic areas without coughing up the puck, going down to the ice or retaliating. He is one of the league’s most gentlemanly players. In nearly 800 NHL games, he has taken only 202 minutes worth of penalties – none this season. On the other hand, he is constantly frustrating opponents into taking penalties. Dahlen and his linemates are capable of cycling the puck for the better part of a shift and tired defenders do desperate things.
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Also, going to the corner often means taking a hit, which is something else Dahlen feels he can use to his advantage. After a player throws a hit, it takes him a moment to regroup. Dahlen uses that split second to get better control of the puck or make a pass.

If you know a hit is coming, Dahlen advises, don’t leave the boards.

“You try to be close to the boards,” he says. “That makes it easier to be hit.”

Why? Because you are much more likely to stay on your feet if the boards are right there, propping you up.

At 6’3” and 200 pounds, Dahlen is no small guy in the corner. But even he knows you can’t prepare yourself for every bone-cruncher.

“Well, there is no good way to take a hit,” he says with a laugh.

Once he’s taken the hit and won the puck with his feet, Dahlen’s next task is either to make a pass or drive to the net.


Dahlen says one of the things he always does in the corner is buy time, letting the rest of his team gain the zone and set up. This delaying is even more important on the power play, so he urges players not to feel rushed in the corner.

And again, if a defenseman wants to put the body on you during the power play, it’s to your advantage. A four-on-three is better than a five on four, and if someone leaves the penalty-killing formation to hit you, that’s what you’re left with.

“The perfect thing is to get someone to hit you,” says Dahlen.

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