There’s a minute to play in the 3rd period and you’re down by a goal. Your goalie is on your bench. You or maybe one for your assistant coaches are ready to draw a play for the ensuing 6-on-5.
Do you want to attack right off the faceoff, or do you want possession, setup and then attack? I am going to answer this question over two stories; this is the first part, where I’ll break down the magic 6 vs. 5 that NHL teams have used in the previous two playoffs. Sadly, there’s no one size fits all play that leads to a goal. Still, I was able to breakdown some different things that have worked in the NHL.
The biggest thing you’ll notice in this breakdown of plays off the faceoff is there are always bodies at the net when the shot is going through. Traffic is terrific.
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