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03-29-2012, 03:58 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: San Diego
If you pass it back to the goalie in hockey, there's a chance that he has to freeze it which would result in a defensive zone draw. A goalie in soccer can pick up the ball and pretty much stall if he so chooses.
Not all goalies are as adept with handling the puck. Even the good ones have their huge gaffes. With goalie gloves, it's easy to get an incorrect grip on your bottom hand which will result in calamity. Generally you'd trust your D to be able to make a better breakout pass than your goalie.
The Devils announcers jokingly called passing back to the goalie the Odelein pass. When Lyle Odelein was under pressure in the neutral zone, he'd occasionally pass it back to Brodeur to buy more time.
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