Monday, May 20, 2013

Rangers and Bruins Offense Tactics

The Boston Bruins lead the series 1-0 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Boston Bruins won game 1 in overtime. Both these teams are evenly matched; play with similar tactics and have outstanding outstanding goaltenders. Both team play the body, play conservative, and rely on gaining scoring chances from invert offense.

Henrik Lundqvist 
6' 2", 188 lbs   
Born: Mar 2, 1982 in Are, Sweden
Age: 31
Drafted 2000: 7th Rnd, 205th by NYR
Experience: 7 years

Tuukka Rask
6' 2", 171 lbs
BornMar 10, 1987 in Savonlinna, Finland
Age: 26
Drafted 2005: 1st Rnd, 21st by TOR
Experience 5 years

Tactics: Invert Offense, Cycling and Crossing

Why Use Invert Offense:
  • Forces 2 & 3 players to pick up players behind the goal line
  • Forces the forwards to come down low, opening passing lane to point men
  • The defenders focus their attention below the goal line 

  • Cycle
  • Cross
  • Shoot or pass around boards
  • Move Puck Point


  • Arrive quickly on puck
  • Good angling and circular approach skills
  • Good 1 v 1 skills offensive zone
  • Good puck protection skills
  • Picking the puck up and taking it to net

  • Be a threat to score
  • The defense is high, move the puck low
  • The defense is low, move the puck high


  • Take the puck to the net
  • Move the puck to the net
  • Move puck to point; screen, tip and rebound

Playing Outside the Game

Playing Inside the Game

Related Videos & Teaching Points:

Sweden Invert Offensive Tactics - The Man Without Puck Moves Away From Pressure

Invert Offense Causes Confusion For Finland

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