The 2021-2022 NHL season is already over and I don’t know about you, but I feel sad. I feel empty knowing there’s no more hockey coming up before September. Watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs is something that I am looking for every single year. Hockey is not the same when the playoffs start. Rules are not the same, and the list of all the injuries after each round is crazy. How can they even play?
I could have done so many breakdowns on the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but I narrowed it down to five key points I noticed.
How fast was Colorado? That was the question everyone wanted to know. The Avs put on a clinic against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the final on how to forecheck. Two years ago, that was the Lightning, who was the best team on the forecheck. What happened with Colorado is that everyone knew what to do and when to do it, and everyone was doing it. They were so relentless. From the first line to the fourth line, the skilled players to the grinders. Notice how they hunt the puck, not only F1 or F2, but even F3 in the offensive zone. If you limit the time and space on the opponent, you will be able to create a lot of turnovers. Adding the defencemen having the green light to pinch, all the teams struggled against Colorado and they’re forecheck. This video is only a small glimpse, but it has been like this since Game 1. First on the puck, second quick, F3 supporting, F1 and F2 reloading through the middle, winning battles, body position. All the details matter and everyone can teach at every level.
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