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Crashing the Crease: Release Points

In my last post, I touched upon the concept of a release point and what it means to a goaltender when it comes to stuffing a breakaway attempt. This concept was also briefly touched on in my first post about Ilya Bryzgalov. The release point is pretty obvious: the location on the ice where the puck comes off of the stick of the shooter. For a clapper from the point, it’s right before the follow through, as the puck’s velocity carries it away from the stick. For a snap shot in tight, it’s that instant where the shooter’s arms stop …

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Crashing the Crease: Long-term Shootout Shortcomings

We’re all Flyers fans here. Given that, we know the areas where the Orange and Black have consistently come up short. One of those, pardon my French, most damnably obvious areas has to be the shootout. The reality of just how bad this team is after the 65-minute mark may not be grasped by all, but a quick look at the stats reveals that the Flyers are very comfortable basement dwellers here. Thanks in large part to Winnipeg’s only having played in eight shootouts since re-expanding into the league, the Flyers sit firmly in 29th place in shootout wins. Their …

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Crashing the Crease: Main Courses and Side Dishes

I am writing this week’s article from the front of an unnamed Best Buy somewhere in the Delaware Valley. As I brave the cold weather for the incredible savings I’m about to indulge in, I hope you’re all warm and relatively full of turkey. Okay, so I’m not anywhere near a Best Buy. As insane as I may be, I’ve realized that I’m not quite ready to wait in a line for over 24 hours so I can save $139 on a TV that I don’t need. I am, however, ready to delve into a recap of things I’m thankful …

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Crashing the Crease: Sailing No More

This week, we’re going to spend a little time talking about a subject near and dear to my heart: the struggling goaltender and the fear of failure after an unsuccessful stretch of games. I’ll use myself as the example and build from there. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve gone from feeling very fluid and natural in net to slow, overly reactive and ultimately ineffective. It’s resulted in some pretty ugly games, none of which I want to remember. On Tuesday, I finally had a game I would consider to be “okay,” in that we won and I stopped …

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Crashing the Crease: Tools of the Trade

This week’s installment of Crashing the Crease is about the gear we use as goalies that seems to entitle the public to the criticism and bad goals that everyone loves (the title wasn’t self-referencing, despite what my teammates may say). For those who haven’t put on the pads before or have done so incorrectly, this should serve as a primer on what it is we wear and hopefully provide some insight should you decide to don the gear. I’ll address some of the manufacturers and tweaks guys have made to their gear in a later post. Because goalies are creatures …

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