Feb 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella looks on from the bench awaiting the resulting penalties against the Philadelphia Flyers during the 3rd period at the Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers beat the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Szagola-US PRESSWIRE

Shot Blocking A Bad Thing For Hockey?

Feb 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella looks on from the bench awaiting the resulting penalties against the Philadelphia Flyers during the 3rd period at the Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers beat the Flyers, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Szagola-US PRESSWIRE

I really have to sit back and laugh at all these people writing about how the Rangers and their shot blocking is “ruining” hockey. Apparently blocking shots is being like a trapping team. Blocking shots makes the game boring according to some.

First off, where are most of these articles coming from? They’re coming from writers who’s teams have already been eliminated from the playoffs, so they are a little bit sad. Boo hoo. Just because their team was eliminated doesn’t mean it’s a crying shame that other teams have moved on in the playoffs right?

After they’ve finished crying these writers are saying that it’s very boring to watch these low scoring hockey games. Maybe I’m biased because I have a dog in the fight (with the Rangers still in the playoffs) but how is watching a one goal game boring at any point? Did these people not watch the Flyers and Penguins series, where every game was basically pond hockey? It was laughable to watch that many goals go in.

Big deal if people find this style of hockey the Rangers play boring. Bottom line is it works and if the Rangers win the cup this year or next I wouldn’t be shocked to see other teams implement a similar system. After all this is a copy cat league, and anything that is proven to work will be used on other teams.

 

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