B's win wild shootout despite Sens' Daugavins trickery

B's win wild shootout despite Sens' Daugavins trickery
March 12, 2013, 2:15 am
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KANATA, ON – The scoresheet will simply say that the Bruins took a 3-2 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators for their 10th consecutive win over the Sens on their home ice at Scotiabank Place.

But what a shootout it was.

David Krejci finally clinched it for the Bruins when he roofed a wrist shot that beat Robin Lehner as the fourth shooter for the Black and Gold, and that was after Kyle Turris and Patrice Bergeron traded goals among the first three shooters. The real hubbub was about the immortal Kaspars Daugavins, who nearly executed the kind of shootout score that immediately had him trending on Twitter afterward.

Daugavins placed the toe of his stick blade upside down on top of the flat side of the puck and carried the biscuit to the net before executing a spin move and shooting to stuff it just inside the left post. Fortunately Tuukka Rask wasn’t dazzled by all of the trickery and instead followed the puck before kicking out his left leg pad for a game-saving stop that paved the way for Krejci.

Apparently Daugavins tried the move once before during an AHL exhibition game, but Rask clearly didn’t have any book about what was coming when the Ottawa forward placed his stick’s toe on the puck and started skating forward.

Claude Julien admitted it was “exciting” for the crowd, and didn’t have any problem with Daugavins trying to execute something a little different. For a novelty act like the NHL shootout its right in the personality  

“If he scores it’s a highlight goal. It’s all legal,” said Julien. “People want to see excitement in shootouts and he gave him that. There’s nothing illegal about it, so I have no issue with it.

“We’re trying to make the game exciting and that brought some excitement to some of the fans anyway.”

It was a risky move that didn’t work and a little controversial for the stick-in-the-mud element that doesn’t like anything different within their NHL, but the Bruins appreciated that he tried to do something different.

“It takes a lot of sack to do that,” said Shawn Thornton when asked about it on NHL Network following the victory.

Unfortunately for Ottawa and Daugavins, the Bruins were able to improve their shootout record to 3-1 on the season in an important area when it comes to playoff pole position at the end of the season. There isn’t a lot of razzle dazzle among Boston’s shootout crew, but they’re successful all the same without having a spinning skater attempt sleight of hand tricks with the puck for an offensive advantage.