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09-27-2012, 09:45 AM
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Stickchecked
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Originally Posted by CornKicker View Post
exceptions being

- a opposing forward coming out above the faceoff dot from the corner, you are ok to step up and force him to dish/shoot or strip him. but always be aware that the point man is still your man and if you over commit to the forward he can quick dish to your point man and he is wide open.
Agreed. I've bitten on that "overcommit" scenario often. It's tough, savvy players try to get you to chase them and then they dish to the point man, who often is already heading down the boards to receive the pass. And then you have no one.

I've started to take the approach of sliding lower when I see a forward skating up along the boards to force the puck carrier high (up towards the point man). But I stay with my D as the F skates past in case the F dishes the puck to him. Sometimes this allows me to stop the pass from the F and clear the zone.

If the F keeps the puck, he can skate into the middle of the ice, which granted can be bad. But at that point the centre has to be available to take him.

I'm open to any suggestions on how to play that situation better.

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