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the professor Odd-man rushes

What are they?: The offensive team proceeds into the attack zone with a man advantage. The most common are the three-on-one, three-on-two and two-on-one varieties. They are the result of a defensive lapse, be it a poor line change, a fallen player or a missed assignment.

The three-on-two: These tend to dissipate simply because five players are involved and not much ice. As the puckhandler cruises into the zone, he is flanked by two teammates. The defenders, skating backward, collapse toward the net with their sticks down waiting to break up a pass or shot. Often one, if not both, defensemen will hit the ice to block an attempt.

The three-on-one: Perhaps the most dangerous. This is the opposite of the three-on-two in that there is much more ice and room to maneuver. The initial puckhandler has the option to shoot of course, but more times than not, he will pass at least once, sometimes twice while waiting for the best shooter of the trio to get into prime position.

The two-on-one: These tend to have the least activity. There is little need to pass because you only have one other option beside yourself. And more times than not, the defenseman will play the pass, either with his stick or body. As a result, most two-on-ones end with the original puckhandler taking the shot. For instance, in Game 3, Calgary’s Shean Donovan cruised in on Tampa Bay’s Darryl Sydor with teammate Chuck Kobasew.

- Compiled by Tim Sullivan

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