Matt Murray may be sitting out this season because of hip surgery, but we won’t waste the amazing insights the two-time Stanley Cup winner delivered for Pro Reads.

The Maple Leafs goalie delivered a master class on managing screens in his debut, touching on a long list of themes while identifying four keys to dealing with traffic and cross-body shots. We stuck with that theme his next two video sessions but this time we move onto different elements, with a detailed focus on deflections, then net play and post integration. To say this nine-minute video review with Murray is loaded with tips would be a huge understatement.


Murray is facing a Buffalo Sabres power play this time, with defenseman Rasmus Dahlin winding up from the point, traffic in the lane and high-tip and passing options to Murray’s left:

With the benefit of that behind-the-net camera angle above, where do you think Murray is focussed as Dahlin is about to make contact with a half-slap shot? Is the biggest threat a shot through traffic? Is it the tip option in front? Is it the player cutting into the slot?

What information are you looking for to determine who is most dangerous, and how does that affect how you would play this shot in terms of depth and save execution?

Does the handedness of the player with the tip option in the high slot matter?

What stands out to you about how Murray is handling it at this point?


Let’s watch this all play out – and there’s a second part to it – before we get to Murray:

Can you identify any keys that allowed Murray to move into that short-side deflection from the high slot? Was there any evidence before the deflection that helps determine whether it would be headed short side or far side? And lastly, can you identify anything in terms of how Murray handled the deflection that set himself up to easily handle the wrap around attempt too?


Now, let’s hear why Murray approached both chances in this sequence. It’s long and loaded with incredible advice on a variety of elements and factors in this multiple-part play:

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