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#55: The Slap Shot
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Working your offense from behind the net
The captainís chair gets its name from a playerís ability to survey the ice (and a teamís offensive options) from that location. Utilizing the captainís chair in your teamís offensive attack will guarantee you additional scoring opportunities.

How to Win Faceoffs
Always remember that while a center has the job of actually taking the faceoff, it's up to the whole team to successfully convert his work into puck possession. If you can do that, you'll come out on top two ways: by increasing the number of scoring chances for you, and reducing the number of scoring chances against you.

At Offense with Tony Granato
Let's face it: there are quite a few pretty good hockey players in North America. Literally thousands possess the basic skills to be effective scorers and defenders, and a precious few even have the privilege of being recognizable by single-name monikers.
Mario. Jaromir. Gordie. Gretz. But for most of us, there's little hope that we'll ever become a one-word household name. So, as sub-superstar players, what can we do to increase our value in the big picture?

Breaking out of your own zone
Passing is the quickest way to move the puck up the rink to setup your offensive attack. But what do you do when all your forward (or lateral) passing lanes are blocked? If you can skate with the puck to an open area, then do so. But if you're just skating into traffic, what else can you do to keep your offensive play moving?

Successful play up front
NHL veteran Pat Falloon says that it’s best to reach the offensive zone at one angle, but come into the actual shot-taking range at another, giving the defense and goaltender less of an opportunity to anticipate, react and adjust.

Getting the puck inside their blue line
Consistently moving the puck over the blue line and into your offensive zone may be easy for your team or it may be the weak link in your offensive attack. For most teams, it really depends on the team that you are playing, and more specifically the ability of the opposing teamís defensemen to pressure your attack at the blue line.

Increasing scoring opportunities
For some hockey players, putting the puck in the net comes very naturally. But for others it can be a frustrating and difficult task. While there are no sure-fire procedures for becoming a 50-goal scorer, there are certain things you can do to improve your chances of scoring.

Shoot to score
Animation: Increase your scoring percentage, by putting the puck in the right place.

Using the boards to your offensive advantage
Whether you know it or not, every time you hit the ice you have an extra player on your team who is always willing to pass you the puck and help out. He surrounds virtually every rink in North America...

Putting more power in your power play
The objective of the power play unit is to use your additional player(s) to move the puck into your offensive zone, maintain possession until a scoring opportunity can be set up, shoot, and score!

Creating a 2-on-1
The ability to turn any situation into one in which your team has the advantage is essential to creating scoring opportunities in any sport. In hockey, this situation is best seen when a team turns a 2-on-2 into a 2-on-1.

Executing the one-timer
The one-timer, or one-time shot, is one of the most exciting and difficult offensive plays in hockey. It is actually a play because it combines two players executing a pass and a shot. The one-timer combines three main elements: quickness, accuracy, and, of course, timing.

Scoring on deflections and rebounds
If you were asked how most goals are scored, what would be your response? It seems like a simple question, but the reality is that most goals are scored either on rebounds or deflections.

Improve your scoring on rebounds
Besides scoring from a direct shot on net, rebounds are another great way to put the biscuit in the basket. Look to improve your scoring by up to 25% when you become effective at capitalizing on rebounds.

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