Bruins defeat Senators 3-2 in a shootout
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — David Krejci's shootout goal won the game for the Bruins. It was the attempt by Ottawa's Kaspars Daugavins that had everyone talking after the game.
The Senators' forward carried the puck straight toward goalie Tuuka Rask by pinning it with the toe of his stick, then tried a 360-spin move before failing to jam the puck between the post and the skate of Boston's netminder.
Krejci scored on the following attempt and the Bruins defeated the Senators 3-2 Monday night for their 10th straight win in Ottawa.
"The (skate blade of Rask) got my puck and usually I just push it in," Daugavins said. "It (stinks) not to score that. If the blade doesn't touch I can just (push it) because his pad is pretty weak against the stick. I had room to put it under, but then I just took the safe way. It's a little unlucky.
"Now I look like a fool."
It wasn't the first time Daugavins had tried the move. He was successful with it early this season during an American Hockey league game with the Binghamton Senators.
"My initial reaction when the stick went down was 'buckle up,'" Senators coach Paul MacLean said of Daugavins' attempt.
"It was very entertaining. I hadn't seen it (before), but apparently there is a history there and there's a history of success."
MacLean was asked if he thought a move like that was more suited to an all-star game type setting.
"He had an opportunity to score didn't he? My only question is was it legal, but apparently it is. He's trying to do what he can to score a goal," MacLean said.
Rask made 30 saves in regulation and stopped three of four Senators in the shootout, including the bizarre attempt by Daugavins.
Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille scored for Boston, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win its 10th straight in Ottawa.
Guillaume Latendresse — in his first game back from injury since Jan. 30 — and Kyle Turris scored in regulation for the Senators. Robin Lehner made 33 saves through three periods and overtime.
"It was great for Guillaume. With the work that he's put in, it was great to see him get a goal like that and get off the mark right away," MacLean said.
"We did a lot of things right playing against that team for as long as we did and we had an opportunity to win. I thought our team competed from start to finish and were very deserving of a point if not more."
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