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09-26-2012, 08:26 PM
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Waiting until ~1:00 left to pull the goalie may be a combination of:

A) mostly unquestioned conventional wisdom (based on what, IDK)

B) sort of a CYA strategy

Regarding the "CYA strategy": If the coach pulls the goalie with 2-3 minutes left, his team doesn't score a goal, and the other team scores an ENG with more than a few seconds left, then he's open to criticism, especially if his team then goes on to score a goal itself. If the coach waits until ~1 minute left to pull the goalie, and his team doesn't score the tying goal, it's basically ignored.

A smart coach will pull his goalie much earlier, but not sure when this will happen. Has their been a coach that consistently defied the conventional wisdom pertaining to this?

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