WATCH: Tuukka Rask 'stops' shot fired from actual cannon
At a charity hockey game in Finland, Tuukka Rask wowed the crowd by stopping a shot fired out of a cannon. Relax, Boston fans, no Bruins were harmed in this stunt.
Tuukka Rask stops a lot of shots. In fact, he stopped 93 percent of the shots he faced last season. The Finnish netminder earned the league’s Vezina Trophy for such shot-stopping prowess, but could Rask stop a puck if it were literally shot out of a cannon?
Yes is the answer… kind of.
At a charity hockey game in Tampere, Finland, the Boston Bruins netminder entertained the crowd by strapping on the pads and stepping between the pipes. At the blue line sat a cannon with its barrel trained on the net.
Sure enough, they fired that thing at Rask and as you’d expect, he gloved that sucker down even though his glove then burst into flames. One of the game’s attendees showed what it looked like from the stands.
Before Bruins fans start wondering why on earth their star goaltender would step in front of a cannon, I think it’s fairly safe to say this was a stunt with some pyrotechnics attached to Rask’s glove. This image popped up after the game, which the Bruins should just hang in the visitor’s locker room at TD Garden, just for a little extra intimidation.
Next time P.K. Subban winds up for a one-timer from the point against the Bruins, he better really lean into it.
According to one Redditor, Rask skated out as a defenseman for most of the game and then got between the pipes for the third period. There are a ton of photos from this game over at Finnish site Jatkoaika. The cannon shot wasn't the only crazy thing that happened on the ice that night.
Needless to say, Finns certainly know how to have a good time at the old hockey rink.
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