Quickness vs Balance: Balance wins every time…

Jonathan Quick: Off Balance leads to 5 hole exposure.

Kings VS Sharks

Jan 19th 2010

In this clip we can see Jonathan Quick gives up a juicy 5 hole goal on Ryane Clowe. Quick played this shot very well being square to the stick and not the man. He also did a great job in timing his backward flow eliminating the top corner options. So what did he do wrong? .

Although very hard to identify, Quick’s mistake was actually in his balance. Because he executed a backward flow his momentum transferred to the heels of his feet. When the shot was released his entire weight (balance) was behind him leading to a slow butterfly. As a result he could not shut his pads fast enough providing Clowe with a taste of glory. The evidence of this imbalance can be seen once the puck crosses the goal line. Pause the clip at the 0:08 seconds and you will see how Quick’s hips and rear-end drop down close to his feet after the shot is taken. The weight falling back demonstrates how his weight was behind him leading to the entire body to fall back.

In this type of situation the goalie wants to first establish a backward flow ensuring that his weight remains on his toes. This will allow him to perform a quick (no pun intended) butterfly with both pads tight together. An additional benefit to using this strategy is that when he goes down he will maximize net coverage and be a bigger target as his momentum will not force his body to fall back resulting in greater height and net coverage.

When do you think goalies should drop their weight back?

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