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by Paul on 04/20/09 at 05:54 PM ET
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
It was Bowman, while coaching in Detroit, who made Red Wings left wing Tomas Holmstrom the best in the game at screening goalies and causing havoc in front of the net.
“That’s why Holmstrom is so effective - he stands outside the line,” Bowman said. “When I was in Detroit we had a lot of goals called back and I would say to him, ‘You can’t make it close (for the referees). Don’t make it close.’
“I’d say, ‘If that’s the line, Tomas, you do a better job when you’re out a foot. You block his view more and the goalie can’t look around you.’ We were tough on him because when he first started he would tumble into the goalie.”
Bowman thought Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin would do a good job handling any crease pressure from Calgary because he doesn’t come outside the blue paint.
“There are some goalies that come out a lot, but the further you’re out you can’t expect to have protection,” Bowman said. “Nik is not far from the goalline.”
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