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Reverse-VH has become a hot topic again during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Far too often already, the hashtag #RVHfail has made the rounds on social media following a sharp-angle goal, or in some cases a goal scored on a goalie using this sharp-angle technique on a shot that really wasn’t from that angle. We’ve argued before that a more appropriate hashtag might be #failedRVH since it’s often poor execution or a bad choice using the reverse as a save selection for that particular situation that leads to the goals that trigger the reaction.

As future Hall of Fame goalie Roberto Luongo once told us, the benefits of adding reverse-VH to his game immediately outweighed the occasional #RVHfail. Loungo pointed to all the saves he made because of RVH compared to prior techniques he used, whether it was because a reverse put more of his big frame in the net, kept his hands more active, or allowed him to make reads and move off his posts better. But don’t confuse Luongo’s praise for the RVH with complacency when using it. In fact, the third winningest goalie in NHL history was focused on improved his patience when using reverse-VH — and mixing in overlap — when we visited him on the ice in Florida the summer before his final season, which brings us to our latest Pro Drills.

This drill, which was being run by long-time Panthers goaltending coach Rob Tallas for Luongo and then playing partner James Reimer as part of a mid-August session to prepare for the 2018-19 season, featured an early pass high in the zone and a rush attack from the top of the circles, then continued with a second chance walking out from the corner near the bottom of the face-off circle. For Luongo, that second shot was a chance to work on improving his patience in RVH and when to simply square up on that shooter or switch to an overlap (though the second forward in front makes that a less ideal selection), elements that he discussed while reviewing video after, starting with an attacking forward below the bottom of the face-off circle:

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