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06-29-2012, 10:47 PM
Ethereal Whisper
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When I play the puck it's for one of four reasons:

1) Pass
2) Clear
3) Set
4) Stall

#4 is the most common reason. If one of my defenders will get to the puck before an attacker, I'll stay in my crease. Often stalling lets the opposition set up the forecheck anyway but if I did the right thing with the puck there will simply be more bodies in the defensive zone. Usually I pick the puck up around the goal line and boards, don't have a lane to clear up the boards and don't want to pass in front of my own empty net so I dump it around the end boards.

I do like to play the puck a lot, but I don't necessarily notice that when I do, that the goalie down on the other side tries to as well. It's mostly the same guys each week at the sessions I go to, and none of the other goalies are really good puck handlers.

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