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For example, when a player literally lays down on the ice to block a shot from the blue line they are taking away like six feet of open ice.
After that there is no open ice left.
Then the team has to work to go around the guy laying on the ice and by the time they do that they run the same four plays every time and the goalie knows where the puck is going to be for the shot.
Then the defense spends all their time "crowding the net" and blocking the shots. They need to free up the open ice in the NHL by not allowing player to lay down and remove the open ice.
Then no one can shoot because there is no open ice. Laying down on the ice and crowding around the the net is the worst thing in Hockey.
There is not enough free space around the net and no one can get in to shoot the puck.
Plus the sticks are too flexible, I know they are safer but they are too flexible and no one shoots.
Flipping the puck:
I know Sydney Crosby must have started this with his stick tricks now everyone is doing it but flipping the puck during a game should be a penalty.
This is not Lacrosse people, flipping the puck onto your stick and then "throwing it into the net" should be a penalty.
I see everyone flipping the puck in the open ice now, for example when you are approaching the blue line a player can flip the puck across the blue line to "deaden" the puck so that it doesn't travel to far into the zone and your team can retrieve it easier.
So instead of shooting the puck into the zone in the classic dump and chase, players deaden the puck by flipping it across the blue line. This stops the pucks momentum and then your teams can get the puck easier on offense.
I am not against that, just watch NHL highlights for examples of the "puck flip", I'm giving Sydney Crosby credit for inventing that. I am not against that however they should be regulating the puck flip.
A player should not be allowed to puck flip and throw the puck into the net. This is the equivalent of throwing the puck into the net with your hand.
Flipping the puck onto your stick with the puck flip and deadening the puck by holding it on your stick and throwing it into the net manually should be no goal, or perhaps a penalty.
A player should not be allowed to stop the momentum and pick it up with the stick and throw it into the net like in Lacrosse.
Watch early in this clip for an example. Connor McDavid is going around the NHL rules by using the puck flip trick and holding the puck onto his stick and throwing it into the net.
This should be no goal because he is stopping the pucks momentum and then manually throwing the puck into the net.
The Connor McDavid puck flip into the net should not be allowed in Hockey, this should be no goal or a penalty. Watch for examples of the puck flip in NHL highlight clips.
The flexible sticks are probably allowing the puck flip trick to be easily carried out by NHL players, they need to make the sticks less flexible and although I am not opposed to the puck flip it should be regulated in the NHL. Like no throwing the puck into the net with your stick by using the puck flip.
Watch at 4:00 you can see the players laying on the ice and there's no open ice to shoot and the offense has to skate around the guys, then the puck flip pass across the blue line and puck flip into the net you can see clearly near the end of the clip.