Originally Posted by Van Veen
Semantics. The point is to deter shooters from shooting high glove side.
Exactly... but he's in the NHL and we're not...
Trace a line between the puck location and the crossbar in this picture... his glove is completely above it.Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I don't know if I buy that... outside of the mythical allure of "top corner," its not a great spot to shoot for for the sake of shooting for. Unless a guy has an absolute fucking laserbeam from in close - and no, just because its the NHL, not everyone has a truly gifted shot - nobody's getting it in top corner. In which case, if a guy is in close and the goalie is blocking off the top corner ala Scrivens, the gargantuan-sized huge hole under the glove hand would be far more appealing to shoot for, hence the baiting. I'd be interested to know the percentage of goals scored per area of the net; I'd put all my money on lower half.
In other words, I don't think there's any specific appeal to going top corner, especially from in close so I don't know why a goalie would want to pre-emptively suggest to the shooter that the area is off-limits.