In 2010, Kaspars Daugavins of the Ottawa Senators scored a shootout goal in the AHL that shocked the hockey world: He put the nose of his blade on top of the puck and skated into the offensive zone, before performing a 360-degree spin-o-rama to beat Hamilton Bulldogs goalie Robert Mayer. The move went viral; Daugavins became a sensation.
On Monday night, in a shootout against the Boston Bruins, Daugavins unleashed the move again. Was it successful against Tuukka Rask? More salient question: Do you read headlines?
Impressive flash of the pad there from Rask. The NHL officially called it a “backhand” in its play by play of the game, for the record.
Rask and the Bruins won the game, 3-2.
For comparison’s sake, here’s Daugavins’s AHL shootout attempt from Oct. 2010.
Now, was this legal?
Absolutely. From the NHL Rule Book on penalty shots, which govern shootout attempts:
The puck must be kept in motion towards the opponent’s goal ...
The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal, shall be permitted as this involves continuous motion.
Which it did.
Was it bad form to attempt this shot in an NHL game?
Of course not. Daugavins succeeded with the move previously, so why not attempt it again?
And frankly, if you have a problem with a hot-dogging move, that would never be attempted during the normal course of the game because of the existence of defending players, potentially deciding the outcome of a regular-season game in a skills competition ... well, there's plenty of room on the "Shootouts Suck" bandwagon. C'mon aboard! We have free pastry!
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