I need advice on defense
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10-24-2005, 11:49 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Downingtown, PA
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Thanks for those tips. In the offensive zone, if I have an adversary two feet in front of me, I prefer to shoot the ball hard on the board so it goes deep in the zone. I don't still have the ability and confidence to play around with the ball while waiting to have a chance to pass to a teamate. In other words, it's better at the level I am to get rid of the ball before someone steals it away from me.
That's the proper play. I've always believed that a defenseman's primary offensive responsibility in the zone is to keep the puck alive.
We can't all be Scott Niedermayer. If you have the puck and you're backed up against the blueline, dump it in and let the forwards go to work. Try to force the play, and you'll likely wind up getting caught with your pants down. Similarly, don't let your ego convince you to wind up for that big slapshot when you have a forward standing two feet in front of you.
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