"Then the defensemen can try to freeze the first forechecker
, kick it wide.
He has a tremendous workrate and it will only help the offensive games of our other defencemen - good breakout passes, taking a couple of quick strides when they get the pass to get away from a forechecker
or to make a nice breakout pass up the middle or a quick one up the wall.
Besides, another sniper or a tenacious forechecker
certainly wouldn't hurt.
"I'm hopefully looking to help Providence offensively, or if they see me as just a real hard forechecker
or penalty killer, I'm just going to do whatever it takes to help the team and bring it back to the top of Hockey East."
Rookie coach Guy Boucher's defensive scheme starts with a single forechecker
One of those adjustments was to get the defenseman to carry the puck past the Devils' single forechecker
and into the neutral zone, giving the forwards a chance to get their feet moving.
The netminder took too long to make a pass and forechecker
Bracken Kearns picked it off and shot into the net from a sharp angle.
Axelsson, does an admirable job moving the puck on the power play when called upon (even if he can't always finish scoring plays), and is a tireless forechecker
. He also owns the best takeaway-to-giveaway ratio (36 to 21) among all Bruins.
The Bruins want to hem Chicago in its own end, but if the forecheckers
get caught deep on quick rushed by the Blackhawks, it could prove disastrous.
"I would describe myself as an offensive defenceman that can use my skating ability to beat forecheckers
and create offence by joining the rush.
He can beat one, two, three, four forecheckers
with one pass.
It all starts in the Pittsburgh end, which is where Boston's forecheckers
will try to pin the Penguins in deep.