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Did Caps’ shot blocking style result in Rangers’ winning goal?

May 7, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

The argument for shot blocking is an obvious one. If a player gets in front of the puck, it’s not going to go into the net. But what happens when they fail in their attempt?

Take a look at Marc Staal‘s game-winning goal. In particular, pay attention to all the players, Capitals and Rangers alike, that stood between Staal and Washington goaltender Braden Holtby as Staal shot the puck.

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“I didn’t see a thing,” Holtby said in regards to the game-winning goal.

Holtby also stated, “That’s what happens when we play a style where we block a lot shots. Sometimes those go in.”

This isn’t to say that the Capitals are wrong to be aggressive when it comes to blocking shots. They stopped 25 shots from ever reaching Holtby on Monday and the outcome of this game could have been a lot worse if they simply let Holtby handle everything.

Still, it’s a strategy that does sometimes backfire and it seemed to this time.

  1. barkar942 - May 8, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    The Rangers shot block like crazy in front of Lundqvist and Biron, and if you go through every goal scored this season on the two goalies, you will find that quite a high percentage are either deflected in by the opposing team or off of a Ranger player trying to block the shot. This time, it just backfired against the Caps.

  2. jpelle82 - May 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    comes with the territory, the players cant be upset about the way it went in. when you buy into this type of game, you know what can happen and you accept that this is a possibility.

  3. stakex - May 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Thats why when you block a shot you have to get all of it. If you only get a piece, there is a good chacne its going to end up in your own net.

    Of course the Rangers would have 20-25 more shots on net if the Caps weren’t blocking shots, so its a risk-reward kind of thing.

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