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11-13-2012, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe Hallenback View Post
Just some horrible trapping hockey by Russia. Guess they are getting ready for playing on the big ice. What a shame
The trap, as a strategy, is a huge improvement over what we saw in last year's WJC and the August series. The Russians were allowing other teams to carry the puck in across the blue line unmolested, and then set up a deep zone forecheck at will. It was killing them, because they couldn't clear their zone, and the puck was pinballing around the net. Despite the fact that the Russians have played uninspired and disconnected hockey throughout this series, their neutral zone trapping has enabled them to limit "NHL'ers" like Strome, Scheiffele and Hamilton to a total of 3 goals in six full periods of hockey. That's an average of 1.5 goals per game. We'll take that, especially in comparison to last January in the WJC, when Canada scored 4 goals in 5 minutes of the third period because the Russians weren't prepared to handle an all-out forecheck. The trap is working, and I believe the Russians will stick with it.

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