Call me old-fashioned but I remember the days when good teams looked for the one timer as a key component of their powerplay.
They didn’t stand around passing to one another like our L.A. Kings do and didn’t wait until a defenseman blocked the lane to take the shot.
They didn’t have one set play that involved getting the puck low and then moving it high to a defenseman who only then had one of three options: (1) pass it back because there is no lane, (2) pivot lateral to find a lane or (3) shoot. That appears to be our Kings coaching staff’s fundamental strategy.
They did bring a winger or defenseman to the middle of the ice or at the inside circle looking to receive a pass and one time it on net with traffic in front.
They did focus on something other than north-south movement of the puck to create lanes…you know that whole east-west lateral thing that gets the goalie moving and gives the powerplay the chance to fire before the goalie is set.
I know, I’m old fashioned. I see these efficient power plays in the league focus on the one time shot as the catalyst and realize that they old fashioned too.
Screw the old days.
It’s not like the powerplay is about scoring goals because the opposing team is actually short-handed and they are left without the ability to play man to man. Let’s even out the short-handed opponent by neutralizing our own players. It’s more fair that way anyway and, in hockey, it’s all about sportsmanship and gentlemanly play at the end.
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