Lightning Defenseman Brett Clark: How to Lose an NHL Game

March 9th, 2012 by David Kolb Leave a reply »
Trust me when I tell you this, it's not pleasant calling out a player, coach or organization at any time. 

However, every now and again, as a former pro NHL scout, I try to break down games, plays or strategies to help others learn the ins and outs of hockey.

Last night in Washington, the Capitals beat the Lightning in overtime on an Alex Ovechkin goal. Great goal by the Caps, great puck movement and a nice finish by Ovie.


Watch the video. Who would think differently?

Now, watch the video again and follow No. 7 in white, Brett Clark, from the time the video begins until the goal is scored. 

The play starts deep in the Tampa end of the ice, when Caps' forward Jason Chimera has a shot blocked, and it caroms high in the Lightning zone.

Tampa forward Ryan Shannon then picks up the loose puck, pulls back away from any Capitals forechecker and sends the puck across the ice a tad deeper in the Lightning zone to Clark hoping for some changes on the fly.

With the Lightning desperate to get fresh players on the ice with just over a minute left in overtime, all Clark needs ...

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