Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/12/09 at 04:08 PM ET
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN The Magazine,
Since the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL’s top priorities have been to improve game flow and boost scoring. On the flip side, slowing an opponent’s attack has become the No. 1 goal of coaches. Nowhere is that challenge more daunting than on penalty kills, thanks in part to rules changes that limit obstruction. It’s not just a question of giving up a goal in a close game—it’s what happens afterward. “It demoralizes your team,” says Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
Here are six ways coaches keep teams from getting down when they’re a man down.
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