Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/22/13

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 20: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins warms up as he prepares to play in his first ever NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre November 20, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
BOSTON — Tuukka Rask has made a habit of winning hockey games during his NHL tenure but when it comes to shootouts, he’s far from perfect. The young goaltender doesn’t have an awful record in shootouts, but with the Bruins’ win over the Jets on Monday, he raises his record in the game-ending showdowns to 9-7 for his career. It’s not a very well-kept secret that many hockey purists — players included — aren’t too high on the idea of the shootout, which was brought into the game following the 2004-05 lockout in an attempt to drum up fan interest. Apparently Rask is one of those who wouldn’t mind seeing the shootout sent to the chopping block. “I don’t think nobody enjoys them,” the Bruins goalie said after the game Monday. Then, after quickly rethinking what he had said, Rask changed gears just a little. “I mean, it’s all right. Emotion-wise, you win, it’s great — greatest thing ever — and then you lose, you feel like you lost the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s a roller coaster with the emotions, but it’s great for the fans. “And I like to watch them on TV, too.” The shootout can be particularly tough on the goalies. They are left on an island with some of the game’s best playmakers, snipers and scorers barreling down on them, with seemingly two goals in mind. The first objective, of course, is to score. The second, it would seem in many cases, is to embarrass the goalie in the process. That’s why it’s important for goalies to stay prepared for shootouts, even if they only come around every couple of weeks or so. Rask thinks that it really comes back to simplifying things for the goalie. Like many things in sports, the tendency to overthink a situation can oftentimes end up hurting you. “It doesn’t really matter whether you watch [shootout film] or not,” Rask said. “You just try to stay patient and wait the guy out. I [watched film] in my first year, maybe a little bit more, but now I haven’t done it.” In fact, extra information can sometimes become a detriment. “Yeah, maybe certain guys only have one move, and then you try to cheat on that and blame the goalie coach if it goes in,” Rask said of studying video. “I think it’s better if you just try to wing it.” Rask was out there winging it on Monday, and he made just enough saves to help the B’s come out on top. For one day at least, the shootouts which supposedly nobody likes became the “greatest thing ever.”
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Three teams achieve separation in Aldridge chase

WATCH: Serena Williams wags finger at Wimbledon crowd, says, 'Don’t try me'

Report: Rajon Rondo headed to Sacramento Kings

Dez Bryant deal with Cowboys could be announced Monday

Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mavs solidify future, sign Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan

A-Rod, Yankees settle dispute over home run milestone bonus

Report: Robin Lopez, Knicks finalizing four-year deal

Becky Hammon will coach Spurs' Summer League team

Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose: ‘I don’t think we have any issues’

Yankees get A-Rod's 3,000th hit ball for $150,000 donation

The top American sports moments since the last Fourth of July

Nine former college football rivalries that need to come back

The most patriotic uniforms in American sports

Jeanie Buss: Brother Jim will step down if Lakers don't make deep run within two seasons

DeAndre Jordan to Dallas: The Los Angeles Clippers are literally mad men

Remember when the Cincinnati Bearcats were the scariest team in America?

Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball?

Five reasons the Browns should play Johnny Manziel

Blue Jays need rookies to keep producing for success in 2015

WATCH: Sean Doolittle gets cup check from teammate

University of Florida developing high-tech smart mouth guard

Pat McAfee is the best punter in NFL history

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.