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11-17-2003, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Impossibles
Clutch and grab is part of the trap. The defending team clutches and grabs offensive players going through the neutral zone to disrupt the rush and force the team to dump in, as well as holding up fore-checkers on the dump in.
Is this 1997?

The trap, in its most effective form nowadays, is a _passing_ trap. The players clog the neutral zone passing lanes, force a bad pass by applying pressure to the puckcarrier, and counterattack after intercepting a high-risk pass. No clutching. No grabbing.

It's not cioncidence that the Devils have been the lowest-powerplay-opportunity team in the NHL three years running. It's not like they're hooking and holding and 'getting away with it'. They are not committing any infractions, unless the NHL makes "Good positioning" a two-minute penalty.

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