I'm sure there must be some basic mechanic I'm missing, but this is one that eludes me still.
I posted about this in my "I can't win a game" thread, but it's the one area that I am showing zero improvement on, so here it is on its own.
Literally, any time I touch the opposing player, irrespective of what angle they are coming at me, irrespective of what size my player is, they will knock me off the puck at a minimum, if not send me on my feet.
Example: Ryan Clowe (notorious midget that he is) is coming up the side boards. When he curves to go around the end boards towards the behind-the-net area, someone checks him from behind at about a 45 degree angle. He goes flying.
Example #2. Jonathan Blum gets to the puck just ahead of timid wallflower Jerome Iginla, and shows no problems surviving the hit. While he is turning around, equally notorious midget Joe Thornton comes in at full speed and caroms off of Blum, who calmly passes the puck down the ice.
Clearly, simply moving the R stick to check is not getting the job done. What other buttons are people pushing at the same time? What unintended combination of actions makes anyone a bulldozer?
Conversely, what am I failing to do to make myself immune to bodychecks?
It's more like the guy your playing can poke check you from behind, steal the puck etc. without getting tripping, hooking or slashing penalties... Like if I do that it's a penalty. When the Minnisota Wild do it it's not a penalty and works.