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Flyers Mock The Lightning’s Defensive Trap (Video)
No one is a fan of the 1-3-1 neutral zone trap in hockey. Not the fans. Not the media. And certainly not the Philadelphia Flyers. That was evident during last night’s game between the Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning, as it didn’t take long for the trap to take over.
Less than one minute into the game, the Flyers had possession of the puck in their zone and were patiently waiting for a Lightning player to forecheck. That moment never came, resulting in Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn simply holding the puck in his zone until the referee blew his whistle to end this embarrassing display. I believe Chris Pronger said it best when he stated the following:
“That’s not hockey in my book. But whatever, the League’s letting them do it. Would you pay money to watch that? I wouldn’t either. That was a TV game, too. Way to showcase the product. Look at the players they’ve got over there.”
We couldn’t agree more with Pronger’s statement. No one wants to watch players like Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos sit back in the neutral zone and wait for the opposition to attack. Unfortunately, that is the way Lightning head coach Guy Boucher has his team playing and even his fans don’t seem to enjoy it, judging by the course of boos coming from the crowd.
Here is a look at a couple of instances where the Lightning players bored us all with their 1-3-1 trap from last night’s game.