Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/21/05 at 09:20 AM ET
"You got to go through all 60 minutes, and it's more important now than ever before in the NHL," Flyers goalie Robert Esche said. "As soon as you ease back or let them attack the zone and they enter with control, they're going to get a quality scoring chance." In other words, the best defense is a good offense, because in the new NHL — get used to hearing that phrase — no lead is safe. Here's why: One thing leads to another and, in this case, protecting a lead means playing defensive hockey, which leads to more time in the defensive zone, where the new rules (no clutching, hooking or interfering) lead to more scoring opportunities and, subsequently, more threats for defenders to stifle. The next thing you know, a defender hooks an opponent, draws a penalty, putting the opponent on a two-minute power play.
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