When it comes to blocking shots, Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer said it is better not to think about the danger.
Especially when a slap shot zips past your head, or as Brewer put it, "buzzes the tower."
"Sometimes," Brewer said, "you have to turn your brain off and make a play."
Perhaps nothing in hockey takes as much courage as blocking shots. Think about it. Players with plenty of unprotected body parts — like their faces — stepping or sliding in front of a six-ounce projectile going 100 mph.
So, it is worth noting the Lightning entered Monday tied for second in the league with 86 blocks. In its past three games — all victories — it blocked 26, 19 and 23 shots, respectively.
Yes, the team, with 24 goals, has the league's top offense. But blocked shots, coach Guy Boucher said, are "the No. 1 criteria to see people paying the price to win."
"It's one of those things," defenseman Matt Carle said. "As much as it hurts, you feel good."
Lightning develops knack for blocking shots
Tampa Bay Times | Jan 29