Three-frame Breakdown: Nilsson’s Tricky Stick Predicament
The LA Kings score their second goal of the night against Vancouver’s Anders Nilsson on a pinpoint-precise pass from behind the net. It threads the needle between the defender’s blade and the goaltender’s:
There’s not much a goalie can do once the pass gets though. However, did Nilsson make the best decision on the pass itself? He plays it conservatively, stick positioned to most efficiently defend against the shot should the pass get through.
But what if he had turned the blade over, actively trying to impede the pass?
In this case, turning the blade over might have worked in his favour, but does it leave too many holes and reduce lateral efficiency too much to be the standard strategy in this situation? What do you think? Have your say in the comments below.