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08-19-2013, 12:01 AM
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How do you deal with someone lifting your stick?

I get a lot of break aways because I skate pretty fast and have good instincts but every once in a while someone will lift my stick from behind and I can't seem to do anything about it? Whats some counters to this?

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Is this happening when you are getting close to the goal, ready to make a move?

If you know what side they're coming at you on, then it's easier to deal with it. Say you're a right shot and they're coming on your right side, put your left arm out as a shield if possible, and one-hand the puck to the other side. If they're coming on your left side, then you can just hold the puck out to the right side.

If you're in full flight and they're lifting your stick, they must be pretty fast skaters to catch you like that. If the defense has that talent, maybe just skate to the boards to draw him to you, and look for a passing option.

One way I keep my stick on the ice when it needs to be there is to choke up my grip, which gives me more strength and stability, and makes it harder to lift. Obviously you wouldn't be doing that while skating full-speed on a breakaway though, until maybe the last moment.

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It happens mostly right before I shoot like when I am bout to load up.

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First option is to use your body/legs to shield the puck & stick from the other guy's stick. And keep your feet moving.

Keep the puck on the other side of your body furthest from him and he won't have the angle to lift your stick. It might limit your shooting options, but better than just having it stolen. You might even draw a penalty if he gets impatient and goes for a hook or trip.

If the guy is right on you, you aren't gonna have time/space to wind up for a big shot anyways, so you might have to go for something with a quick release like a wrister, snap shot or backhand.

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1. Stick handle in front of your body if you know someones on your tail.
2. Skate faster

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The choking up thing works. As does body blocking.

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Maybe you think you have more time than you really have, get rid of it faster by shooting or passing.

Does this happen a lot of your breakaways or just once or twice..

U can protect the puck with your body but by that time you're already limited and the D is pushing you away from a prime shooting spot.

Pick carrier is always slower than non pick unless u got some nhl handles.

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If you know he's close, be ready for the guy to lift your stick.

When he does, almost let him lift it but be ready to get your stick down quick for a fast shot.

Or just lift your stick as he's going for it before he makes contact

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You can also stop or partially stop very quickly to make him blow by you, then blast a shot right on net as he's likely to cause a screen/diversion.

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when preparing to shoot, keep your feet moving.

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You can also stop or partially stop very quickly to make him blow by you, then blast a shot right on net as he's likely to cause a screen/diversion.
That sounds like something that would only work in The Mighty Ducks.

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That sounds like something that would only work in The Mighty Ducks.
Surprisingly, it can even work at the NHL level occasionally. This YT video isn't a perfect depiction, but it's probably close enough.


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That's a legit move on a defender but I thought the OP was talking about a clean breakaway which is why something like that won't really work.
I believe you're right about the OP, and I agree that quickly stopping/partially-stopping would be much less effective in a clean break situation. I only replied because I felt that the initial suggestion was taken as something that may only work in a movie when it can be a legit move. (just probably not so much in this case)

As has been mentioned, one would be better off learning how to effectively protect the puck with his/her body or getting off a quick shot before being impeded/tied-up by the defender. I've never been fast, so when I find myself in alone (on rare occasion), I tend to try going straight to the net and getting a shot off without doing anything too extreme. I don't have the speed, agility or stickhandling skills for the fancy stuff.

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Surprisingly, it can even work at the NHL level occasionally. This YT video isn't a perfect depiction, but it's probably close enough.

Yea, something similar to that. Heck, I do it often even on a 1-on-1. The D expects you're coming at a certain speed and if you're able to gain a foot or two with a quick stop and letting him further himself, you can rip a shot on net easily with a nice screen. It would probably be easier to do it in a situation like that or as shown in the video, but if you have the wherewithall to know when the D is right on your ass, stopping similar to that could do the trick.

edit: for the Mighty Ducks move though, you'd have to stop right on the doorstep and surprise the goalie that way

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Throw an elbow behind you, Gordie Howe style

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Throw an elbow behind you, Gordie Howe style
Quoted for truth.
Can also earn you a nice BAN from a rec league when applied to a player/commish (ask me how I know).

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If you know he's close, be ready for the guy to lift your stick.

When he does, almost let him lift it but be ready to get your stick down quick for a fast shot.

Or just lift your stick as he's going for it before he makes contact
This is what I do, assuming body positioning and all else can't/won't work. Also if I'm in front of the net (for a tip/screen) I put all my weight onto the stick until the puck is shot or will tie up other players stick till its shot

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This happens to me too when I'm playing up.

Maybe try carrying the puck on your non-shooting side and when you're getting closer to shooting, pull it to your forehand?

Another option is if the guy is right on you, just keep the puck in front and drive the net. I've got a couple goals this year just skating the puck almost right into the net. Obviously don't run the goalie over.

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keep your feet moving! don't glide to "load up" for a shot it only makes it easier for the defender to catch up AND for the goalie to anticipate your shot... if you can't get a shot off on the fly then maybe work on your shooting technique?

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It happens mostly right before I shoot like when I am bout to load up.
You're giving away that you're shooting too early then and slowing down. You should be able to shield them with your body or release the shot quicker (if you're doing a move it's a little different). You just have to learn to be strong on the puck in those areas and battle through.

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Work on your release. Make it quicker. If you can also work on shooting on the fly without slowing down along with your release then this should mitigate this from happening often.

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If you know he's close, be ready for the guy to lift your stick.

When he does, almost let him lift it but be ready to get your stick down quick for a fast shot.

Or just lift your stick as he's going for it before he makes contact
This. If they are not in a position to actually take the puck let them lift your stick and keep your feet moving. In men's league I've noticed most players will stop as soon as you do this because they think they've stopped any chance you had and don't realize they made it easier for you until it's too late.

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It's all about timing. As has been mentioned, you want to lift/move your stick before he lifts/hits it and get it back down before he gets his down.

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