Players struggle to protect the puck in the corners for many different reasons. You probably wonder how players like Sidney Crosby can just so effortlessly keep the puck in the corners without ever seeming like they will lose it. The Crosby Protection formula works even though Sidney is not the biggest guy when it comes to NHL standards. All you need to do is blend a few skills together and practice, and you too can protect the puck like Crosby.
There are 4 key skills that Crosby has learned to blend into limitless combinations as he protects the puck with ease. The first is the outside edge plant turn. This is a way of quickly turning which is very hard for defenders to react to. The second is 45 degree steps, which are a way of stepping in order to create space from defender. Third is single leg pushes, or using a single leg to push yourself away from defenders while maintaining a hip wall. Fourth is called open hip seal and turn, the simple way to protect the puck with your feet and escape from the wall as the defender tries to pin you.
Watch Sid the Kid in the video below to see exactly what these mechanics are and how to practice them so that you can protect the puck with ease!