The key points shown in this example are as follows:
- Properly managed gap; two stick lengths as they cross the blue line.
- Good upper body posture; arms loose, but compact. Hands at the hips.
- Poke check, not swipe check; you can poke check and miss all day long, and still maintain proper body positioning.
- Stick on stick, body on body.
- Re-closing the gap; after the Swiss player turns back, the Russian defenseman re-closes the gap to maintain proper positioning in case of a re-entry.