Why Crosby Is Better Than You, Reason #8087 – Eagle TurnsShareThis
I was watching the Pens/Sens game when this goal happened, and at the time, I was blown away by it. Y’know, the goal where Crosby rags the puck down low, then works it up to Letang for a pretty lucky seeing-eye slapper.
Spezza’s job is to keep Crosby to the outside, to drive him up the wall if possible, and the goal-of-all-goals, to not let Crosby get inside position to the net.
I watched it again today when reading Stu Hackel’s SlapShot Blog for the NY Times, and something else caught my eye.
An eagle turn.
An effective eagle turn, in actual game play, that actually worked.
Full disclosure: I can’t do one of these, so I’m boggled by them. I always hated them. My hips simply don’t allow my feet to go in opposite directions from one another. Sid’s do.
An eagle turn (or whatever your part of the world calls it) is simply a move made by pointing your toes in opposite directions, so the skate blades are on the same plane, and turning. It’s how he separates himself from Spezza so well on his first cut-back. The rest of us cut-back like he chooses to do on the next two times.
To my knowledge, he’s the only guy who uses this in game play, and he does it pretty much every night. Let me know if you see anyone else using this move. It’s incredible that he does it with such great strength and balance.