The Hockey Maven

Play Like You Want to Win

Last night during the Flyers/Lightning game there was what I would call “wait and see and stand around on the ice” moment when the Flyers in possession and control of the puck just hung out in their zone. Kind of standing there like, come get me.

Twitter blew up with tweets about it, blogs are being written about it (like this one), announcers commented, and so on.Things that were being thrown out on the interwebs (yes, I know that’s slang) was NHL needs a shot clock, it needs this, it needs that.

It doesn’t need any of that.

Shame on the Lightning for skating around like a bunch of figure skaters too delicate to attack. They did win in OT, but how bad was that win wanted if you are just going to stand there and try to stare down your opponent.

Congrats to the Flyers for seeing what their opponent was worth. They saw that the Lightning weren’t hungry enough to go after them.

Hockey isn’t standing around like basketball and watch a bouncing a ball. It’s fast moving and attacking. There should never be a moment when the player gets to stand in the middle of the ice going what next. The only place you should be able to stand is behind the goalie as your line changes and even that’s not too long.

There, that’s my 2 cents.
Shoot the puck!
~The Hockey Maven