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What is the ready position?: It's step one for all styles. A goaltender’s knees should be bent at all times. This allows him to move and react quickly. The glove hand should be open and out in front of you, away from the body. The blocker should be out in front of your knees.

The Flyers’ Jeremy Roenick can’t force the puck past Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, in the butterfly, during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.
What is the stand-up style?: This is the classic, simpler stance that features a goaltender staying on his skates to make most saves. The stand-up style fits the mold of goaltenders who have excellent footwork and can move from side to side with efficiency. A goaltender will allow fewer goals through the five-hole with this style.

What is the butterfly style?: This is the new trend, a style that covers the entire lower part of the net along the ice. A goaltender extends his pads outward like a butterfly spreads its wings. He uses his stick to cover the five-hole. The strategy allows a goaltender to better defend deflections and screen shots because the pads are covering the majority of the crease at ice level. Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin is a butterfly goaltender.

What is the inverted-v style?: This is the underdog of styles. In this system, goaltenders stand with their feet apart and knees together, creating what looks like an upside down “V.” The goaltender covers the five-hole with his stick, but because he stands in most situations, he often has trouble moving from side to side.

– Compiled by Tim Sullivan

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