Well, I can’t give you the absolute answer, but I know that I like to get some good shots of the ball as it goes through the net and give my players an opportunity to make plays.
How do you shoot a puck from the point?
From the point or around the net? If the puck comes into the middle of the ice, I prefer a point shot. I like to hit a point shot directly into the net. Then take a look at the way a goalie gets a shot off. They don’t move at all, they don’t do anything – just stand out like that. It sounds like a lot of work, but it gets the puck down to the net and I’m trying to make the goal look easy.
There’re several different ways you hit the ball in the net. I’m not sure what the best way is. I tend to like to have a wide shot, but you never know. It’s hard to nail the shot all the time.
How do you avoid being hit in the head by a puck coming in from the outside?
I don’t pay the goaltender any respect so I don’t pay much attention to him. But I do pay attention to my defensemen, especially my defensemen up top, so if I see a teammate trying to play the goalie, I’ve got to play it pretty well.
Who are the hardest players to play against?
For sure one of my key players – Chris Kunitz – there’s going to be a guy who’s going to come at you all game. He’s that intense that you can’t keep your cool under pressure. But the tough guy for me each and every night is the one I have to beat the whole night. I can’t beat anyone else.
That might not be the best answer, but what’s the worst you’ve had to face as the captain?
Just the fans. They deserve it. But at the same time, when you’re out on the ice and you’ve got 10,000 people, that makes for a better performance.
Do you miss it at all?
I miss that. I guess I wish it would be a lot longer than 10 minutes [per game].
What would you do if you could bring back the penalty kill?
I don’t think so. That’s a team, team thing. I think you get used to how it is. The whole point the penalty kill was to
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