Re: Why Goal Scoring Is Down
posted at 5/8/2012 2:54 PM EDT
The Flyers - Pens series was one of the most exciting I have ever seen, two of the league's most talented teams firing on all cylinders leaving it all on the line. Now we are one game away from both those teams being eliminated, and nothing left but boring, non-attack teams waiting it out to try to win the cup by not having a lucky goal go in on them.
To say that goalie equipment is not a major factor is to show a lack of understanding of how the collapse defense works. It is the strategy that is making the game boring, but the strategy works because, among other things, the goalie's pads take up a whole bunch of the net. The NHL needs to make the strategy no longer work. Moving the blue line in would help, so would reducing the extra padding that isn't used to protect the goalie. If these don't work they would have to look at an NBA-style 3 minutes in the key type penalty, but I would hate to see that come into the NHL. But this strategy has to be stopped.
People are complaining, not because the Bruins lost, but because there has been an ongoing trend in reduction of offence, and even moreso a sudden and dramatic shift this post season:http://dropyourgloves.com/Stat/LeagueGoals.aspx
The league is once again approaching the modern-era record lows in offence seen just before the lockout. I found it hard to watch those games, and I'm finding it hard to watch these ones. There is no skill, no creativity.
Post-lockout we saw reduced goalie pads (by 1") and more strict obstruction calls. The resultant increase of a goal per game was awesome, and more importantly, we saw more comebacks and exciting plays. The league needs to take a similar action again, asap.
And no one complained during the regular season because the high scoring teams were still playing. Now all but the Flyers have been eliminated, and they are not likely long for this world.
In Response to Re: Why Goal Scoring Is Down
[QUOTE]there were 10 goals scored a game between the pens/flyers, were they wearing smaller equip? too many factors to say it's just pad size. it's about about whether you're playing to win, or playing not to lose. the pens and flyers went at each other with reckless abandon... forget defense= exciting hockey. the other teams in the playoffs seem to be playing not to lose. hence the less exciting hockey. to attribute the low scoring in the playoffs to goalies equip is shortsighted. they wore the same equip during the regular season, and nobody complained the about the lack of scoring. the fact remains that scoring has increased since the lockout. so i'm not sure if this is even an issue. many more things have been done to increase scoring (no holding, no hooking, two line passes, trapezoid, sticks) than decrease it (larger pads). throw the goalies a bone- the league is hell bent on seeing more goals, at the goalies expense. just don't let them get any bigger than they already are.
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