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A diversionary sports blog post, if you would indulge me.  In the interests of disclosure, I am writing from the perspective of a Rangers fan, but I think you would agree that what I am writing applies to hockey in general.

As I am writing, the Rangers lead the Washington Capitals by a score of 4-0 in game 7 of their series.  The winner moves on, the loser plays golf.  The Caps had an opportunity to close out the series yesterday with a win.  Several times during the game, my friends and I were shouting at the TV, "Shoot the puck!"  According to the New York Times the fans were shouting the same thing.  In fact, it was reported that Derick Brassard was thinking about passing the puck when he scored the winning goal in game 6.

Then, I shared this thought with my buddies, "The first part of the phrase, 'He shoots, he scores!' is 'He shoots."  Why is below the fold.

Much like the lotto slogan that you've gotta be in it to win it, how are you going to score if you don't shoot?  Granted, shooting is no guarantee that you will score.  The average save percentage for an NHL starting goaltender is north of 95%   Ad that to the fact that the average number of shots is around 30 you end up with a goal and a half per game.

When you shoot the puck, you never know what might happen.  There is a reason why a zamboni drives over the entire rink between periods, the blades of the skates leave grooves.  These grooves can alter the movement of the puck in unpredictable ways.

Maybe hitting a groove causes a puck to jump over a defender's stick.  Maybe it actually changes the direction of the puck.  Pucks can move at high speeds and over short distances there is little reaction time.  So, put the puck on the net.

If the shot is stopped, so what?  Most are!  However, if you do not shoot it you will definitely not score.  Additionally, if you do not shoot, there can be no rebound which would give you a putback opportunity, the Rangers second goal tonight.

I used to shout at the TV during Mike Pelfrey's starts for the Mets that he needed to throw strikes.  My argument was that he wanted hitters to chase bad pitches, but since he rarely threw good ones people would just wait him out.  Likewise, he wouldn't get the benefit of the doubt from the umpire on a close call because he wasn't throwing strikes.

Not scoring on a shot is not a negative result, it is just not a score.  If you didn't shoot, you also didn't score, so why not shoot?

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  •  Being in Hockeytown USA all I can say is... (2+ / 0-)
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    twcollier, begone

    Go Wings!

    I'll tell you what justice is. Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning.

    by BFSkinner on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:45:13 PM PDT

  •  Bruins just came back from 4-1 in 3rd (1+ / 0-)
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    To win it 5-4, in overtime.  Remarkable.
    But, I'm with Skinner:  Go Wings!
    Rangers-Wings would be cool.

  •  I'd like to hear Ben Stein do a game. (0+ / 0-)

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:58:38 PM PDT

  •  the phrase "he shoots, he scores" (2+ / 0-)
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    armd, NYFM

    became part of the hockey culture because of the iconic, Foster Hewitt who was the first play by play hockey announcer.  He was the voice of the Leafs and Hockey Night in Canada beginning in the early years of the Great Depression and into the television era.  He was truly the voice of hockey for Canadians and many Americans living in northern states.  His voice was unmistakable and you can hear clips of his play by play on U Tube.  His rival was Danny Gallivan who was the Montreal (english) play by play announcer who coined many iconic hockey phrases like "he unleashes a cannonading shot"  and introduced the word "deke" into Canadian english usage. It's common to hear Canadians say things like "I think I'll deke over to Tim Hortons and get a double double before the meeting.  

  •  Go Rangers (0+ / 0-)

    And you are correct about shooting the puck at the net.  So much happens in  f/o the goalie that, like lotto in a sense, you often have to be near it to score it.  Passing is overemphasized to some extent.  It's rarely a perfect shot that goes in.

    I so wanted Rangers-Ducks, mainly because two of my husband's best friends and former teammates are Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu from their days in Finnish Hockey.  I cannot tell you how much it "pains" my hubby sometimes while rooting for our NY Rangers.  He is a die hard fan of the team, but having the goalie (who is the best in the world) be the Swede that cost him/them the gold medal at Torino in 2006 just kills him every now and then.  

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