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04-19-2012, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by NYR Sting View Post
Shooting just for the sake of shooting is a recipe for losing. Why would you ever want to give away control of the puck unless you were reasonably certain that you were going to get a high quality scoring chance out of it? You want to shoot the puck when you've developed a high quality scoring chance. The answer isn't to take more bad shots. The answer is to do more work in order to earn more quality opportunities.
The answer is to make more intelligent and creative passes that create time and space for shooters. The answer is to get the defense moving around so that their clogging of the slot is forced to disperse, at least to some degree.

The best shot in hockey is a wrist shot from the slot. The more passing you do around the net and in the corners, the more quick little give and gos you execute, the more the defense is forced to abandon the formation, and the more offense you generate.
While I would never disagree with this, the problem that we have is that we are not talented enough to keep a cycle going long enough to get the puck to an open guy in the slot with enough time to take his wrist shot.

I don't believe we have the personel to play the way you are describing.

Obviously we need to try to find that high scoring opportunity, but we are way to often losing control of the puck while in the offensive zone without getting even a bad shot on net because we spend TOO much time looking for that high quality scoring opportunity.

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