Far be it from me to ever praise something an Ottawa Senator did, but unlike many voicing their opinion on social media tonight, I actually thought Kaspars Daugavins’ shootout attempt against the Boston Bruins was very creative.
Daugavins has used this move at the AHL level before and it worked for a goal against the Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010. I’m not a fan of shootouts in general because it’s basically a skills competition that has little to do with the actual game, but once you’re there you might as well pull some tricks out of the hat. Far too many players just go through the motions and fire one right at the goalie’s chest. If it worked before for Daugavins, it’s hard to call this attempt hot-dogging.
Let’s also give credit to Tuukka Rask for sticking with it and making an incredible save. Daugavins looked like he may have had him beat, but Rask stuck the pad out at the last second to turn it away. David Krejci promptly scored on the next attempt to give the Bruins a 3-2 victory, but hopefully that doesn’t discourage Daugavins and other shooters from mixing it up.
The fact that fighting is more a part of the game and accepted than these types of shootout moves is perplexing.