Mudcat Café message #3304296 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #143215   Message #3304296
Posted By: Sandy Mc Lean
08-Feb-12 - 08:30 AM
Thread Name: BS: Hockey
Subject: RE: BS: HOCKEY
Removing the center line from the off-side rule changed the style of play as well allowing the wingers to lurk by the opponents blue line while the rearguards moved or passed the puck forward.
Before Bobby Orr no defenseman would skate behind an opponents net. Orr was fast enough to do that and still get back in time to cover his position. It changed the game because others tried to copy him but never could and break-aways became more common. In the old days the centre was a stickhandler who carried the puck in to set up the wingers while the defense covered the points. The intent was to get a shot on net as soon as possible and then get back in a defensive position.
The Russians excelled in puck control and conditioning allowing them to capitalize on opponents mistakes.