Devils fans are biased to defend Brodeur, Rangers fans are conditioned to hate his guts, so you can throw out all our opinions. Neutral fans don't seem to have a problem with this. I think that's telling.
Brodeur is correct---if the d-points purposely shot at guys heads they would not be so "willing" to block shots anymore...The current mantra is "WILL over SKILL" which means willingness to block shots stymies skill --the current "success" stories of the NHL playoffs for defense beats offense style teams..take away the WILL to block shots and they will do a lot less of it...
The proof is how much less willing Duncan Keith is to block shots after his teeth losing incident in the Hawks Cup run to their Chamionship (it seems so long ago now after 2 fail years thereafter...but the point is--somebody knocked out his teeth with a shot --and he is now has little WILL to get in the way of a hard shot --you can't blame him but the result speaks for itself --shott for the teeth and I guarantee less blocked shots! Brodeur is 100% correct.
The intent to injure is the same. Let Bickel do it, no loss.
Really? Running the goalie is the same as taking a slapshot? Are you by any chance, aware at how accurate you'd have to be to take the slapshot and predict where the blockers head would be so you could hit it?