There was quite a bit of commotion surrounding Tampa’s 1-3-1 trap and Philly’s unwillingness to break the puck out in last night’s game in Tampa Bay.
As you can see in the video the Flyers would not advance the puck into the Lightning’s neural zone trap. The play was blown dead in accordance with rule 72 which places the onus on the attacking team to keep play in continuous motion. The Flyers continued their refusal to advance the puck a number of times after the instance shown in the video, each time forcing the referee to stop the play.
Former coach Mac Crawford shared his opinion on TSN during the game and said that Tampa Bay was to blame for the inactivity.
“This is typically something that could really hurt hockey,” Crawford said. “Fans don’t want to watch that type of system where nothing happens.”
Aaron Ward, former NHL player and three-time Stanely Cup winner, also spoke about the matter on TSN.
“You know what’s in your locker room,” Ward said. “Play to your strengths. Understand what you have out there. Ohlund is gone, Hedman is gone, you wanna win a game and that’s what the National Hockey League is about, winning games. Is it fun to watch? No. But, the bottom line is, in the National Hockey league you are judged on wins and wins alone and the two points in the column.”
I tend to agree with Ward on this issue. The rules are in place for a reason and they clearly state that it is up to the attacking team to adjust to their opponents defensive strategy. It is interesting to watch coaches battle each other with different strategies and last night peter Laviolette declined Guy Boucher’s invitation to dance.