Around the NHL: OMG HOCKEY Edition
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09-19-2013, 07:42 PM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Teams back in the day only had one or two guys who would go down to block a shot. Morrow on the Isles. Ramsey on Buffalo. Jay Wells on LA. Rod Langway in DC. Brad Marsh in Philly. I have always stated that going down to block a shot takes you out of a play, and if you don't block it, you essentially create a 5-on-4.
And as Luongo stated, getting into the shooting lanes is a nightmare of goaltenders. How many times did people on GDT's say "I'm sick of all these deflections" or "Henrik was screened".
Collapsing five guys below the dots is a recipe for disaster. Teams with garbage goalies or no scoring can do that. Maclean did it in Florida, Trotz did it in Nashville.
The bridle is off now. Thank God.
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