Okay, am I the only one who feels like the Sens really aren't taking the shootout seriously enough? After scoring the late goal to tie it up, you would think they'd be chomping at the bit to put some moves down on Giguere.
Instead, three weak wrist shots that bounce off the pads. The SO losses to the Canucks and Habs were pretty much the same thing. And surprise surprise, the only Duck to beat Hasek....deked!
I had no problem with Eaves shooting, he certainly earned it. And i realize our guys were probably trying to pick that magic spot right above the pad when the goalie goes down like the Habs did to us in our SO loss against them.
But damn, it just seemed like such a lacklustre, anti-climactic way to end things.
It's something that needs to be worked on for sure. I didn't see what happened last night, but from the SO losses to Montreal and Vancouver, it's definitely something that needs practice. It seems inevitable to me that we would lose some of them though. People were going to figure out Hasek, Heatley, and Alfie sooner or later.
But in defence of Spezza's oober slow deke vs the Canucks, I think he was playing through his hip injury thing at the time.
I'm not so sure about this whole deke line of thought. Nyquil, they have been zamming the ice since the pre-season (at least out west), and the ice is still terrible. That makes dekes a risky proposition. Having said that, maybe there is something to doing it every once and a while to keep goalies honest. Kind've like using your running game to open the passing.
I think it depends on the goaltender, and this is where the Sens' advance scouting should come into play. Giguere is one of the least athletic goaltenders in hockey. He does not move very well, but is excellent at playing shots and staying square the shooter. Against him, you deke. And, btw, shouldn't Bryan Murray know this better than anyone ??
Against Dom, as a general rule I would shoot it just about every time - the closer a shooter gets to Dom the better chance Dom has of winning the battle.
What bugs me is that they don't even fake the first shot, or leg kick or anything..
Heatley's move is to skate in with the puck (no stickhandling) on the left side of his body (not going to deke) and telegraph it 5-hole.
This only works on Belfour.
You guys are right: Dekes with speed own. See: Crosby, Jokinen (that was sick), Kunitz etc.
At least look like you are reading the goalie... The Sens seem to have their minds made up beforehand, and therefore have a strategy totally independant of the goalie's positioning.
Recommendation to Alfie: Come in like you usually do, but instead of shooting low stick side (which you have done everytime and the goalies of the NHL are aware of this by now) fake that shot, then pull right and roof it on the back hand.
But we are all probably just bitter that they haven't scored and are reading too much into it. Who are we to give tips to these guys on how to score....
Who was the 3rd Anaheim shooter? That was one of the worst dekes I have ever seen.
The shoot-out sucks *****, ive been saying it all season. I dont give a poop if we lose them all, that way other teams won't know our players moves when they get on a break-away. I can also view ottawas reluctance to score on a shoot-out as a formal protest of the stupid idea. I'm glad I left after over-time.
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