TAMPA, Fla. — At the end of a Blackhawks skate, you might see Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell taking part in a somewhat masochistic practice.
They stand in front of the net with defensemen facing them along the blue line and yell, "Go."
One by one the pucks come screaming toward the net. Shaw and Bickell then attempt to deflect them into it.
It's all in the name of perfecting an imperfect art — deflecting the puck — a skill as important to scoring in hockey as a good slap shot or forehand-to-backhand move.
Need proof? Just look at Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Lightning and Hawks when Alex Killorn made a preposterous,...