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Would A Smaller Goal Crease Help Prevent Goalie Crashing?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As the Ottawa Senators prepared to close out their schedule before a nine-day break Tuesday night against the Arizona Coyotes at home, the club’s top goaltender, back after missing 11 games with a concussion, told reporters following Monday’s skate he’s sick and tired of crease crashing.

And, he’d like to see the NHL’s general managers take action because the goaltenders are important and they’re getting hurt because they aren’t getting the protection needed from the league.

“Make the crease six inches smaller and if a guy goes in the crease then blow it down,” Anderson said. “You won’t have guys running into the goalie. Tuukka Rask is out with a concussion right now because a guy went to the net. I missed time because a guy went to the net hard.

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TreKronor's avatar

I’d just like to see them make it illegal to be in the blue paint. The paint doesn’t even need to be smaller… Just don’t allow anyone but the goalie in the blue paint.

These goalies are 8 to 12 inches bigger than they were 15 years ago, and by letting guys stand on the top of the paint and casually skate a little deeper here and there, your pushing the goalie a little closer to a metal post.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/22/19 at 09:59 AM ET

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