Thread: Matt Hendricks
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03-30-2012, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by txpd View Post
you know those shootout chances where the opposition shoots it by neuvirth before he even moves? thats what it looks like when a goalie doesnt bite on shooting cues like hendricks shows.

watch the replays. his stick totally torques like he is shooting hard. goalies see that and butterfly. then he doesnt shoot and they are hosed. if i am a goalie, i make him shoot it. but reality is that the first goalie that is going to make him shoot it, he will and they will look like a statue.
He doesn't actually put any pressure or bend on the stick at all. He twists the whole stick so it looks like there's a heavy load on the blade, causing it to bend backwards. It's a pretty subtle little move that allows him to deke it out wide quickly afterwards (which he would be unable to do had he put any bend on the stick).

But yeah, first goalie to not react is going to have a pretty easy time with the resulting dekes... unless he's got a second deke for when the goalie doesn't move that we've just never seen before, since he's never had to use it.

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