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Flames high on blocking shots

Defenceman Ladislav Smid and the rest of the Flames are blocking shots like they're going out of...

Defenceman Ladislav Smid and the rest of the Flames are blocking shots like they're going out of style. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 PM ET

MONTREAL - There are no style points.

And there is not necessarily a right or wrong way to block a shot at the NHL level, although you can learn the hard way that some techniques cause more hurt than others.

When it comes to the art of throwing your body in front of a piece of vulcanized rubber that could be travelling at speeds of close to 160 km/h, there’s only one simple rule ...

“If you are going to step up and block a shot, you better block it,” stressed Calgary Flames defenceman Chris Butler. “Otherwise, you’re providing a second screen to our goalie to the guy that’s already there. That’s where I think pride comes in, knowing that, ‘Hey, if I’m going to block a shot, it’s not going to get by me. I’ve gotta make sure to get a piece of it, whether I block it and keep it in front of me or deflect it wide.’

“Once you make that judgement call to step up and block it, you better do the job.”


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