Originally posted on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 3/12/13
During the 4th round of the shootout in last night's game, Friend of The Blog Kaspars Daugavins decided to try something a little different, by pressing his stick on top of the puck and trying to push the puck inside the right off a 360° spin. Unfortunately, Rask made a great save, and stopped Daugavins' attempt on the goal line with his left pad. To make things worse, David Krejci, Boston's next shooter, scored on Robin Lehner to win it for Boston. Daugavins had actually pulled off the same move in 2010 in an AHL exhibition game against the Hamilton Bulldogs:     Now, a lot of people are critizing Daugavins, because they believe he wasted a shootout attempt by trying to something "fancy". What people have to realize, is this wasn't one of those "hey guys watch this" moments; it was a legitimate attempt at scoring. That move may not seem like a good way to beat a goaltender of Tuukka Rask's calibre 1-on-0, but it nearly worked because it was unexpected, and because Daugavins executed it perfectly. Despite his "fluky" attempt, Kaspars came a lot closer to scoring than the team's first two shooters, Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Alfredsson. Although to be fair, that wasn't even Daugvains' flukiest shootout attempt this season. It's worth mentioning that the last time Daugavins faced Rask 1-on-0 and tried a "normal" move, he didn't even come close to scoring, and needed the help of Zack Smith and Jim O'Brien to put the puck in the net.     In the end, it's too bad the Sens blew a 2 goal lead to a divisional rival, but at the same time I'm glad the Sens walked away with 1 point given the difference in talent between the two teams. Daugavin's entertaining shootout attempt is certainly a moment I'll never forget. Post Game Reactions After the game, Coach Paul Maclean said the following (which can be found here on the team's website): "My initial reaction when the stick went down was "buckle up, because I don't know what's happening".  But then he's Latvian, so I rarely know what's going on. It was very entertaining though." MacLean didn't have an issue with the shootout move from Daugavins. Called it entertaining and him just attempting to score. — Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) March 12, 2013   Claude Julien had no problem with Daugavins shootout attempt. — Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) March 12, 2013   Basically neither head coach had a problem with it. David Krejci on the Daugavins shootout attempt:"I wouldn't like it if someone on my team tried that move." — Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) March 12, 2013 Well, if David Krejci wouldn't like his teammates pulling off that move, then I'm sure he isn't too proud of Hamilton and MacQuaid for their dirty hits last night, especially given the Bruins aren't exactly a bunch of angels. Here's my own wonderful post-game reaction. I bet when his teammates asked him why he spun he said "chasing my tail" and started barking as he krumped out the room — Brochenski (@Brochenski) March 12, 2013 Have a wonderful Tuesday everybody.
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