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  Left Wing Lock
Just as the New Jersey Devils popularized the defensive system known as the neutral zone trap in winning the 1995 Stanley Cup in a stunning four-game upset of the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings, the Red Wings in June used a similar "secret weapon" when they swept the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1997 Cup finals.
Compared to the left-wing lock, the neutral zone trap is a more conservative system where four or all five of the defenders are positioned in the neutral zone when the opposition is breaking out.
The trap is utilized more by teams that don't possess the offensive weapons that Detroit has, such as the Devils in 1995, or some of the recent expansion teams.
www.hockeyplayer.com /artman/publish/article_523.shtml   (1027 words)

  Neutral zone trap - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The neutral zone trap is a defensive ice hockey strategy used by a team to deter an opposing team from proceeding through the neutral zone (the area between both blue lines).
To employ the trap, the defense places four of their players in the neutral zone and one forechecking in the offensive zone.
The trap has been widely criticized for lowering scoring and making the game less exciting for fans, but it has proven to be very successful, especially in the playoffs.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Neutral_zone_trap   (365 words)

 Trap - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Traps may be physical objects, such as cages or snares, or metaphorical concepts.
Speed trap, a tactic designed to catch speed limit violators; it may also refer to a place where such a tactic is commonly used.
Trap street, a fictitious or incorrectly rendered street on a map.
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 Encyclopedia: Neutral zone trap   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The defensive wingers—typically placed on or near the red line—will be positioned by the boards to challenge the puck carrier, prevent passing, or even keep opponents from moving through.
The neutral zone trap consists of a team having four of their (A position on a basketball team) forward players in the neutral zone, and one forechecking in the offensive zone.
As the offensive team starts to move up the ice, the forechecker (generally the (A point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure) center) will cut off passing lanes to other offensive players by staying in the middle of the ice, which forces the puck carrier to either sideboard.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Neutral-zone-trap   (788 words)

 Ice Hockey - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The players may control the puck using a long stick with a blade, that may or may not be curved, at one end.
Players may also redirect the puck with any part of their bodies, including skates and hands, with two restrictions: they cannot pass the puck with their hand to a teammate outside their own defensive zone, and they cannot propel the puck into the goal with anything other than the stick.
Forechecking is checking in the other team's zone, backchecking is checking while the other team is advancing down the ice toward one's own goal.
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 Lifetime Hockey - Glossary
Neutral zone: The neutral zone is the area between the two blue lines.
The neutral zone trap defense is difficult to penetrate as it shuts down many of the normal breakout passes.
Trapping teams do not forecheck aggressively but bring their players back into the neutral zone to make break out plays very difficult.
www.lifetimehockey.com /Glossary.htm   (7500 words)

 NHL-Lafleur-Trap,   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Lafleur grimaces at the sight of teams dumping the puck into the opposing zone or gathering in the neutral zone to trap a puck carrier - standard operations for most of today's NHL clubs, including both teams in the finals.
Traps, locks and other defensive systems have been much debated during this year's playoffs, particularly with two defence-first teams in the finals.
In a neutral zone trap, a checker forces the puck carrier to an area, usually near the boards, where he is boxed in by three checkers to force a turnover.
www.cp.org /premium/ONLINE/member/hockey/030605/h060533A.html   (749 words)

The term originates with a defensive system called the "neutral zone trap," but is now used to describe any passive, defense-first strategy.
Trapping teams don't pursue opponents, don't attack the puck and generally don't seem very interested in scoring.
Team B - the trapping team - retreats back to form a staggered line in the neutral zone (between the bluelines).
www.mygamesheet.com /SelectSport.asp?q=232   (241 words)

 Defense leading Devils in playoffs
While opponents call it the neutral zone trap, the Devils prefer to leave it nameless.
After the series, the Maple Leafs whined about the neutral zone trap, a system which clogs up center ice and makes it difficult for opposing teams to get into the offensive end.
Much of the time that leaves opponents in the neutral zone trying to get into the Devils' end, which makes them feel like they are playing a neutral zone trap.
www.canoe.ca /2000NHLPlayoffsNJPhi/may11_def.html   (628 words)

 Las Vegas Hookers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The trap is very useful for stopping opposition plays as they reach the neutral zone, before they have a chance to gain momentum.
The Neutral Zone Trap is a logical transition from either the 1-2-3 or Dump and Chase attack modes.
By occupying all three lanes across the neutral zone, the defense is in position to cover all three attacking forwards, effectively reducing passing options for the puck carrier and buying time for the remaining two forwards to get back into defensive positions (see Zone section).
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 Neutral zone trap   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
A number of proposals to ban the trap have been proposed, but none have been taken seriously, mostly because few casual hockey fans can describe how the trap works, much less how to prevent it.
There is nothing inherently "wrong" with the trap; it is a legitimate defensive strategy.
However, since NHL referees no longer call penalties according to the rulebook, the trap has taken much of the blame for the recent decrease in scoring.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/neutral_zone_trap   (373 words)

 St. Petersburg Times Online
When is it used?: Many NHL teams use a trap in some form during the season.
When the opponent decides which direction to attack, the two wings and defensemen collapse that side of the zone, clogging most of the passing lanes.
In this system, the attacking team sends the puck into the offensive zone from center ice, forcing the trap team to reverse its course.
www.sptimes.com /2004/05/30/hockeyschool/graphic.shtml   (317 words)

 [ Sports Central ] Sports >> NHL >> The Fast Skate Era
Previous teams rode a neutral zone trap, patience, and timely goal scoring to either the Cup finals (Anaheim, Carolina, Florida) or the Cup itself (New Jersey).
The New Jersey Devils' Stanley Cup victory in 1995 led to the dead puck era of the neutral zone trap-a defensive system that had one forechecker in while two forwards and the defensemen stayed in the neutral zone to force a turnover.
A lot of trapping NHL teams use their defensive scheme to force a neutral zone turnover before dumping the puck back into the zone to passively attack.
www.sports-central.org /sports/nhl/articles/article229.shtml?vo=118   (934 words)

 WashingtonHockey Feature
Only the NHL would think that decreasing the amount of space in the neutral zone would get teams to shy away from using the “sleep inducing neutral zone trap.” Teams now have four less feet of neutral zone ice to clog up to thwart an attack.
Yes, I know two-line passes are history (for now) and we’re about to have our umpteenth obstruction crack-down, but decreasing the neutral zone by four feet actually takes away space from cherry-pickers and makes the hooking and holding even less necessary for a neutral zone trap to work.
Teams will do this by keeping at least one defensemen (possibly both) in the neutral zone to look out for cherry-pickers and many veteran NHL defenseman have already publicly stated that they will be making breaks for the opposing goal less frequently this season.
www.washingtonhockey.com /200506/articles/a-092205a.htm   (2706 words)

 Goaltenders, coaches upset by proposed rule changes | ajc.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
The proposal that Waddell is the most in favor of is the return to tag-up offsides, meaning the attacking team just has to reclear the offensive zone rather than have a faceoff whistled.
Hartley would like to see the four faceoff dots in the neutral zone eliminated, with faceoffs taken in a team's offensive zone.
Now, NHL coaches often seem too content to play for a tie, with conservative game plans and the neutral zone trap sucking life out of the game.
www.ajc.com /sports/content/sports/0204/15nhl.html   (628 words)

 LIGHTNING: Seeking way out of trap
Granted, Tampa Bay made it tougher on itself by standing around in the neutral zone and failing to use its speed to chase the puck when it was dumped in.
Taylor played for Devils coach Pat Burns in Boston, and isn't surprised he carried on New Jersey's trap tradition that dates to the early 1990s, when Jacques Lemaire, the perfecter of the modern trap, was behind the bench.
The trap has been around since the 1970s, and was first used by the Canadiens, for whom Lemaire played and Burns coached.
www.sptimes.com /2003/04/26/Lightning/Seeking_way_out_of_tr.shtml   (801 words)

 NEUTRAL ZONE TRAP HISTORY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Much has been said about the famous Neutral Zone Trap and there is not much material written about the system.
Since the trap is still popular now there is really no 100% true counter attack known to "defend?" against it.
is performed approximately between offensive zone blueline and the offensive zone faceoff dots.
www.geocities.com /blackbear9999/neutrap.htm   (219 words)

 Ice hockey
The central part is known variously as centre ice or the neutral zone, while the other two zones are known either as the end zones or as the attacking and defending zones.
his (or her) team has the puck and he is already in the opponents' end zone when his team brings the puck into that end zone (across the blue line),
Face-offs are conducted in five face-off circles – one at centre ice and the other four on opposite sides of each end zone – at four dots, one at each end of each blue line in the neutral zone, or at other points as required by the rules.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/i/ic/ice_hockey.html   (3718 words)

 CNNSI.com - 2001 NHL Playoffs - Devils find neutral zone trap, lose discipline - Thursday May 31, 2001 01:56 AM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
This isn't another story about the neutral zone trap, which the Devils employed so effectively against the Colorado Avalanche in a 2-1 win on Tuesday to tie the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals at a game apiece.
This is the other trap, the one the Devils have been using on themselves.
Instead of being up halfway to their second cup in five years, they know they have to worry about finding ways to get through the Devils' real trap, the one in the neutral zone.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /hockey/nhl/2001/playoffs/news/2001/05/30/devils_trap_ap   (943 words)

 Cranial Tumbleweeds: Zimbabwe, Paula Jones, Olympic hockey, etc.
In games among the six traditional powers whose teams were comprised mostly of NHL players (the U.S., Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic), the average fell to 4.6 goals per game.
* NHL critics forget to note also that the neutral-zone trap was invented by the Swedes, and used on the larger European ice surface long before it was imported to North America.
The left-wing lock was employed by Czech Republic coach Ivan Hlinka to win the gold medal in the '98 Olympics, where his team defeated Russia 1-0 in the final, and gave up just six goals in as many games throughout the tournament.
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 Hockey Digest: Ten ways to fix the NHL: from scrapping the trap to making helmets optional, we present 10 remedies for ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
One reason is some teams' infatuation with the neutral zone trap, the ugliest thing to hit the ice this side of a tossed octopus at Joe Louis Arena.
The trap can be extremely effective but, unfortunately, it takes the fastest game on earth and turns it into an L.A. freeway on-ramp during rush hour.
If a team on defense has more than three players lingering in the neutral zone and awaiting the puck-carrier, it should be hit with a minor penalty.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0FCM/is_4_30/ai_81465961   (1561 words)

 In their opening game of the 2002 Olympics, the Swedish team soundly defeated the heavily-favored Team Canada
The "trap" (sometimes also called the "left wing lock") is a variation on that where the left wing plays back in a more defensive role rather than aggressively jumping into the offensive play.
The trap also first emerged in Sweden, in the 1970s, when the national team began playing a 1-3-1 system designed to clog up the neutral zone.
In the NHL at the time, most forwards were playing a man-on-man style that saw wingers skate up and down the boards with their opposing wingers.
www.leaguelineup.com /czechhockey/files/torpedo.htm   (839 words)

 Hockey Coaching ABCs - PLAYING A 1-2-2 TRAP FORECHECK
1-2-2 Trap is an aggressive system that is also a contain style of play because only one player is ever beat with a pass.
* In the neutral zone defend the same as 1-2-2 trap.
Defensive Zone Coverage is the one man on and a box behind in all of these
www.hockeycoachingabcs.com /article.php/20041104151304461   (284 words)

 New Jersey Devils/Pittsburgh Penguins NHL recap on ESPN
New Jersey's neutral-zone trap kept Jaromir Jagr scoreless and the Devils beat Pittsburgh on a Randy McKay goal for the second time in less than a month, winning 3-1 Wednesday night.
But, slowed by the trap and a sore upper leg that kept him out of practice Tuesday, he was held without a point for the sixth time in 38 games.
Wednesday's game was a near replay, with the Devils swarming to the neutral zone to contest every Pittsburgh up-ice rush and prevent the Penguins from generating any speed into the New Jersey zone.
espn.go.com /nhl/2000/20000105/recap/njdpit.html   (655 words)

 DenverPost.com - Avalanche Hockey
After he was fired in 1985, his successor, Jean Perron, saw enough to believe in a trap system as well, and the '85-86 Canadiens generally are considered the first team to have played it with any regularity.
The neutral zone became al most impossible to navigate against the Panthers in the 1996 playoffs, and Florida suddenly found itself in the Stanley Cup Finals against the offensive-minded Avalanche.
The trap, and its prohibition of offensive creativity, was partly blamed for the first retirement of Mario Lemieux, in 1997.
extras.denverpost.com /hockey/focus0318.htm   (1353 words)

 New York Daily News - Hockey - Isles start anew again   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-24)
Now, after his Islanders lost in the first round of the playoffs two straight seasons, Milbury reached out to Stirling to be the man to build these players into a team with a new style of play and new level of success.
The system, which the Islanders will unveil tomorrow night in the season-opener at Washington, is the neutral-zone trap that is fashionable throughout the NHL.
It was one of the changes, like the promotion of Stirling from the Islanders' AHL team to replace Peter Laviolette, that were made in the offseason in an attempt to push this team into playoff success.
www.nydailynews.com /sports/hockey/story/124640p-111859c.html   (660 words)

 village voice > news > Jockbeat by
When the trap is well-played, it's the center's job to wait for the enemy puck carriers in the neutral zone, steer them away from the middle of the rink toward the boards and into a defensive formation where the only options result in surrendering the puck.
The Rangers began working on the trap during their slump, but the pressures of a compressed road schedule (six games in eight-and-a-half days) prevented them from getting it right.
Plus, in a subtle display of emerging leadership, Malhotra has been the last guy off the ice at the conclusion of each of the first two victories on the current homestand, waiting at the blue line to greet each teammate for a job well done.
www.villagevoice.com /news/0205,jockbeat,31899,3.html   (842 words)

 Damn the Torpedo - The NHL needs an innovative offensive scheme. But not this one. By Ben McGrath
The Torpedo, the Times argues, is the cure for a more defensive-minded scheme, the neutral-zone trap, which has taken hold of the NHL in the last decade (more than 20 teams currently play a form of it) and spurred the decline in scoring.
In essence, a team running the trap sends a lone pursuer deep into the opposing zone on the forecheck while an army of defenders waits near center ice to smother the approaching forwards.
The NHL forbids a "two-line pass" (one that crosses both the blueline and the center redline), however, which means that the torpedoes' abilities to stretch opposing defenses and thus open up the ice surface are limited; the stifling transition game played between the bluelines will remain.
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