by Vince Maranto on 11/09/11 at 11:37 PM ET
I realize that the name of this blog is Talk’n Hawks, and normally that is all that I do. However, while just watching the Tampa Bay Lightening against the Philadelphia Flyers, (on Versus) I saw something that made me sick.
Tampa Bay went into a VERY passive 1-3-1 defense. By passive, I mean that the closest player was almost at center ice. To combat this, the Flyers defensemen, would keep playing catch, from board to board, in their own zone, This would go on for a minute or more every time.
Fans come out to see a a game, not to see a BORING chess match. Back in the early 1980’s, I would attend DePaul basketball games and this is back when they were nationally ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA. To counter act their superior teams, lesser teams would cross half court and hold the ball for the majority of the half. The thought process was, we can’t beat them, but maybe we can if the final score is 8-6. This then led to the shot clock in college basketball. I hope and pray that we are not going to need a rule change to enforce good, hard playing hockey.
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