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It’s cheating, that’s all there is to it. There is no equivalent shot for a right hander that has such ridiculously high odds of success. Us righties have the glove side, sure, but lefties have a shot at that too because most goalies collapse their glove hand in on the butterfly, where the blocker side has to stay up to keep the stick on the ice.
When goalies go down in the butterfly, their pads sit 11 inches off the ice, post to post. For the blade of the stick to sit flat, their blocker is a bit higher in the air than they would naturally hold their arm with no stick.
Because of that, there’s a good foot of room between the top of the pad and blocker (under the arm) that’s the best place to shoot in the modern game, especially if you don’t have time to get your head up.
Sometimes in hockey you just have to pull the trigger. When goalies were stand up style, you’d zip it low on the ice. When they fell in love with going down, you’d zip it high. Now, they fall into butterfly form the second a shooter flinches.
A shot a foot off the ice glove side is going to get caught, or at least redirected. On the blocker side, the goaltender has to keep his arm out a bit for proper form.
Because of these differences, there is an obvious weakness in that one spot. But, as a righty, we have to shot across the goalies body, giving him the extra second to react.
A shot from a left handed shooter low blocker can spark the red light on any mindless play, because of the difficulty for the goaltender to get the blocker down.
Lefties + low blocker = cheating. Stupid right handed stick.
*Comment I know I’m going to get: High glove is an advantage for righties – I know. Just not nearly as much as low blocker is for lefties.