Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/13/06 at 10:37 AM ET
During the pause between overtime and a shootout, players often discuss a goaltender's strengths and weaknesses; goalies turn to notes listing opponents' favorite moves; and coaches consider lineups. "You kind of try to figure out who's going against you and try to know what kind of moves they might try to do," Avalanche goalie Jose Theodore said. "If he's a lefty or righty, do you know his options? From there, you just go out and do what you do on a normal breakaway." But Melrose isn't a fan of the cerebral approach, either. "It's not a scientific thing," he said. "There are great shooters who are terrible at it and terrible shooters who are great at it, as Wayne Gretzky and Phil Esposito can tell you. They both hated breakaways.more
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