Ottawa Senators forward Kaspars Daugavins attempted one of the most creative shootout moves we have ever seen during Monday night's game versus the Boston Bruins, but he was unable to score and earn his team an extra point in the standings.
The decision to use this move in an important game will certainly be debated quite a bit over the next few days, but to score on a quality goaltender such as Tuukka Rask, it helps to be creative when coming up with a good shootout move.
To Daugavins' credit, the move was effective because he had Rask moving the wrong way, but the Boston goaltender was still able to make a phenomenal pad save. If Rask isn't 6'3", he probably doesn't make this save.
After the game, there were many different opinions on Daugavins' move. Senators head coach Paul MacLean was not upset with Daugavins' decision, while Bruins forward David Krejci, who scored the shootout winner, wasn't too impressed (via Ian Mendes of Sportsnet):
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
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
This wasn't the first time that Daugavins has used this move in a real shootout. He also tried it in an AHL game back in 2010 and was successful.
If the Senators end up missing the playoffs by one point, this could be a moment that people look back at and wonder what would have happened if Daugavins chose a more traditional move in this shootout.
However, the Senators did earn a point after blowing an early 2-0 first period lead, and currently sit in sixth-place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 13-8-5 record (31 points). They are five points above the ninth-place Winnipeg Jets.
The victory helped the Bruins improve to 17-3-3, and they are one point behind the Montreal Canadiens for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and Northeast Division.
Whether or not you agree with Daugavins' decision to try this creative move, the real problem here is the fact that the NHL uses a silly skills competition like a shootout to award important points in the playoff race, but that's a debate for another time.
Did you like Daugavins' move, or was it a poor decision? Please share your opinion in the comments section below.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter. He was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs.