How to succeed on a breakaway - getting past defensemen
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03-04-2013, 03:37 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
When they let me push them deep enough (middle or circles or below) I like to use speed and quickly slow it down and rip off a shot mid-stride, using them as a screen. Usually I go right through the legs but sometimes I have to go around them. Those plays always result in a goal, but it's not so easy to force all the time. I remember hitting the crossbar once from a shot high in the circles, beating around the D-man, and smacking the puck out of mid-air right into the net as the goalie was looking for it.
At the level I play, I'm not fancy enough w/my stick work to beat these defenders in close while one-on-one. I can do it when I play down a couple leagues w/friends, but my primary league has too much skill everywhere. I still try randomly because it's helpful even in failure, but I'm usually left wishing I'd just kept going full steam ahead. That's my 2nd choice if no teammates are nearby at all and he's not biting on my attempts to walk him in front of his goalie.
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