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Author: Elias Rassi

Before the Shot: Condon’s Different Kind of Aggressive

Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon’s shoulder check to spot Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis open for a cross-crease pass from Sidney Crosby is a key reminder for goalies about how gathering information can help them find balance between being passive and aggressive on cross-crease passes.

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Before The Shot: On Reimer And Gathering Information

What enables goaltenders to make good decisions is the ability to gather important information and quickly weigh the options presented in front of them by adjusting their positioning to cover against most threats, so it’s important to capitalize on time to look before they move, often referred to as “a shoulder check” or “scanning the ice,” something Reimer had time to do against the Winnipeg Jets this week.

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Before The Shot: Schneider Elite Patience On Skates

Earlier this week, MSG Network’s Stephen Valiquette and Chris Boyle made the case for New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider as one of the NHL’s elite, in part because of how he holds his feet. So lets look at how this patience gave him the best option of reacting to a backdoor chance on a 5-on-3 penalty kill.

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Scary close call for



Scary close call for Winnipeg Jets Connor Hellebuyck as teammate’s stick blade got through his cage + cut him near eye; interestingly amid the debate about cat-eye cages, which are banned in Canada, the blade actually appears to go in under the lower bar of the cat-eye opening. Frankly it’s hard to see why that gap, which does nothing to help vision, needs to be big enough for a blade to get through, as unlikely as this incident might be.

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