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11-10-2011, 02:46 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: New London, CT
everyone keeps referring to this as a 1-3-1. this isn't accurate. there was absolutely no forecheck whatsoever. What Tampa employed was a 0-4-1. That is a really tough nut to crack. You can't skate or pass through 4 players. That is super low percentage chance of success.
What you are left with is attempting to skate through to the red line (good luck with that) for a dump and chase, or flat out ice and chase. The problem there is the D-man that's sitting right by the goalie. You aren't going to beat him to the puck.
The best way (ok not the best way, but my favorite solution) to deal with this is have Rinaldo skate with the puck as fast as he can and obliterate a defender. There is no rule against the puck carrier initiating contact with a defending player. Peter Forsberg used to skate through people all the time.
After about 4 or 5 Rinaldo torpedo hits against opposing players, the players will move out of the way, being dissatisfied with being stationary targets, and the system will break down, thus creating opportunities for offense.
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