Tuukka Rask makes it clear that, like most goalies, he is not a fan of the shootout. Especially when Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey’s first shooter, kicks off the game-deciding segment with a whippy shot into the net. Seeing such a snapper whiz past does little to jack up any goaltender’s confidence.
Like it or not, Rask’s job is to stop every puck he can in the shootout. Aside from Kovalchuk’s successful attempt, he did just that. In succession, Rask turned back Patrik Elias, Travis Zajac, David Clarkson, and Jacob Josefson.