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Video: Was Daugavins’ bold shootout attempt smart?

Mar 13, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

Ottawa Senators forward Kaspars Daugavins certainly got people’s attention with his unusual shootout attempt – but was it worth it?

He didn’t beat Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and Ottawa consequently lost the contest. Was doing an odd maneuver like that to throw Rask off-balance still his best bet or did it even aide Rask by telegraphing the fact that Daugavins was unlikely to try and elevate his shot?

That was the topic on NHL Faceoff, which you can watch below:

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Senators coach Paul MacLean thought it was creative and Daugavins had success with the move during his AHL days, according to the NHL.com.

“I don’t blame the kid at all,” Don Cherry said. “Lets face it the shootout is a gimmick anyway. Fans loved it and besides it worked for him in the AHL.”

  1. mathieug79 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    When Tukka Rask stopped that shootout move, I confirmed my theory that Rask is UNBEATABLE!!

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Was it a hard shot to stop?

      • stakex - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        It could be…. but Daugavins did the move at the speed of smell. The video of when he scored on the same move in the AHL clearly shows him making the move much faster, which could be much harder to stop.

        As for Rasks part, he actually played the shot quite poorly. There was a lot of room for Daugavins to slam that puck in, and he hit Rask in the foot with it.

  2. comeonnowguys - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    All I can tell you is that at lunch the next day, the non-hockey fans I was having lunch with stopped mid-conversation to watch the replay on the highlight and started talking about it. And apparently they’re not the only ones.

  3. malkinrulez - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I loved it! That kind of creativity should be applauded! You gotta love hockey!

  4. wingsandthings19 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Was it worth it? No he didn’t score. Entertaining but not worth it.

  5. rpiotr01 - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    The shootout is farce anyway, guys should not take heat for trying to entertain the crowd.

    • thewardenbb - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      even if it is farce, it is between 1 point. ref should of called it off, players shouldn’t be able to stop. The goal by Kane to, soft……….

  6. nopuntintended - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    My only issue is he’s not able to roof the puck from that. So, although he nearly scored, he didn’t score. And “almost scored” doesn’t win you extra points.

    Shootouts can be entertaining and impressive and still provide your team the best possible chance to win. While non-hockey fans may have been drawn to this circus sideshow of a play, it is going to be mighty disappointing for them if they think it’s going to be the regular outcome of a shootout — I don’t think the NHL is going to attract long-term fans through the “entertainment value” of this one play.

    If I were a Sens fan and I missed 8th place by a point, or found myself in 7th (vs the Habs, Bruins, or Pens likely) by a point instead of 6th….I just think there are more proven ways to give yourself a better chance to score on NHL caliber goaltenders.

  7. modellforprez - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    nice try but the Ol’ two niner originated this bs move 20 years ago in the igloo in a game the pens were up Big on the pro wings i mean red wings and they went right after bourquey.

  8. csilojohnson - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    The arguments people are making against this attempt all seem to imply he was guaranteed a goal if he had shot more conventional. Id say its about 50/50 either way. He almost scored anyways. If he had hesitated aother milli second Rask would’ve pushed off that post already. Everyone would be singing a different tune right now. Hockey is really showing its age on this one.

  9. LampyB - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Not sure why people are criticizing the attempt. Creativity is huge in a shootout, the only downside would be if someone had recently attempted the same move. I’ve played my whole life and havent seen it attempted, it was awesome!

  10. stakex - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    How many times to do you see a player come in and rip a shot three feet wide from the hash marks? How worth it are those shots? At least this shot was on goal, and it did almost go in. I have seen a lot of shootout attempts that are more “traditional” that had far less chance of going in then this…. so I fail to see the issue with it.

    Besides, since the shootout is a show for the fans I think more trick shots from players would be a great thing to see.

  11. thehighcountrybear - Mar 13, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Lose the shootout, lose the overtime, make the last half of the third period relevant again! All these gimmicks do is move the means by which a close game’s outcome is determined, this while asking players to perform at their best while tired and subject to greater risk from injury…

  12. hockeyflow33 - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I’d be more annoyed that their first shooter missed the net by a wide margin.

  13. thehighcountrybear - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I have no problem with a bit of showboating in the proper forum, but Daugavins’ effort was too much about Daugavins and less about his team…had he tried that on Scotty Bowman’s teams, he would have been checking out the scenery through a grimy bus window down in the AHL. Save the clowning for the All Star shootout competition…

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