Want to make a goalie miserable? Put a shooter up high. Send a guy back-door. Plant a puck tipper in front. With all those variables in play, the goalie’s mask is likely to pop off his head.
“You’ve got to see who’s around you first,” explained Ottawa goalie Ben Bishop. “That will show you how aggressive you can be. If there’s somebody back-door, you’ve got to be a little deeper. But if it’s just you and him, you want to be right on him. So if he tips it, it’s going to hit you.”