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01-20-2013, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Talks to Goalposts View Post
For a lot of people, defense is:

1. Being huge.
2. Guarding the front of the net.
3. Hitting guys
4. Blocking shots

The idea that the best defense is having the puck and keeping the other team from getting it is one of the many modern ideas that have yet to penetrate casual fan discussions.
So true. The best defense is always being well positioned to not give any space. If there's no gap between you and the forward, he can't even take a shot (unless Ovie from 05-10 shows up). Most of the time, if you have to block the shot, it's because there was an error made somewhere. In a perfect world, the best defensive guys wouldn't have any blocked shots on their stats. But hockey is a sport of error so a guy willing to sacrifice his body to cover his mistake or his teammate's mistake becomes handy.

To think about it, they are pretty handy when there's a penalty to kill. Oh well, my point still stands that the best defense is being well positioned and winning the one on one battles.

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