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10-25-2012, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarick View Post
Interesting idea. I can do that (somehow) and do it behind the net but usually not with the puck. How do you protect the puck doing that? If I'm playing with someone speedy who comes up the other side I could definitely see trying that.
As far as protecting the puck, I think it helps if your back is to the weak-side boards, ie you are now holding the puck away from the defenseman.

If there is a backchecker coming hard at you, you can either deke him, pass to a teammate across the middle, or make a short pass back up the boards if there's a trailer there. Or, hold it till the last second and ring it around. Lots of options since you're facing the play and in optimal body position.

If your back is to the strong-side boards, you're a bit limited because you're basically holding the puck out to the defenseman. There's still an option to bait him into stepping up and then make a strong move around him, or ring it around. The backchecker will be trouble, though.

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