From the Point
Shots from the point are the shots most blocked by players going down and sacrificing their body. These shots are important to block as shots from the point are dangerous for rebounds, tips and deflections. Blocking the shot eliminates an opportunity for that to happen. When a shot from the point is blocked, it also frees up an opportunity to clear the puck from the defensive zone, as often times the puck will deflect off of your body and out of the zone. Also, teams who create lots of traffic in front of the net look to shots from the point for scoring opportunities, so blocking shots from the point eliminates the opposing defenseman from getting a good shot off at a goalie who is screened.
From the Slot
The slot is the ideal place to shoot the puck. You've got the best angle to shoot at, have the most net available to see, and probably the best chance for a rebound coming back out front. Blocking shots from the slot is huge, and takes away quality shots/scoring chances from the other team. These shots are also difficult for the goalie to save as they are from close range.
Ways to Block Shots
|Example of a Laying Down Blocked Shot.|
|A Standing Blocked Shot|
|A Kneeling Shot Block|