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09-29-2013, 11:39 PM
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I'm not sure what you want to know either?
How a Trap works in general or how the Devil's employed their version?
The first Trap employed regularily in the NHL was by Bowman with the Habs in the 70's. It however was a much more aggressive version than what you mainly see today. It was used in combination with a solid forecheck to put pressure on the puck carrier from their blueline out. The focus of that Trap was to cause turnovers and fuel quick counter attacks.
Lemaire, as we all know was one of Bowman's players on those Habs teams, took it and employed it in a much more conservative manner (although, it should be noted that Lemaire's Trap was not as conservative as other's we have seen, notably Hitchcock's and Guy Boucher's versions which greatly reduce the priority of the forecheck.)
Lemaire's version still left some priority on forechecking just not at the same level as Bowman had employed. Where the main difference was was that while Bowman's Trap was designed to cause turnovers for counter attacks, Lemaire's was designed to force the opposing team to willingly give up possession, force them to dump and chase. This combined with Brodeur's incredible puck handling skills made for a lethal combo.
It wasn't that the Devil's were supermen in their own zone, albeit they were quite good in this department, it was that gaining possession in their zone in the first place was incredibly tough.
To add to this, the version of the Trap that the Devils used when Larry Robinson was coach was much more similar to Bowman's original version than it was to Lemaire's. Under Robinson, the counterattack was heavily stressed (indeed the Devils were actually better offensively than defensively under Robinson), and defensemen were much more active in the attack.
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