In a recent interview with Sportsnet, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask talked about his love of tennis and if he googles himself or not. Sadly, there was nothing explaining why his head is so weird and oblong, but he did reveal who he thinks has the most difficult shot to stop in the NHL.
Ovechkin’s has gotta be the toughest one because you can see his stick is so curved. You’re looking at it from eye to eye, and you can just tell that he has no idea where the puck’s going, but wherever it’s going it’s going hard, and it’s going to hurt you if it hits you. Seeing him wind up for that one-timer, you know the pass is gonna go there and you’re like, “Geez, I gotta save this.” And you hope it hits you somewhere that doesn’t hurt.
This might explain why Ovechkin is so dangerous from The Ovi Spot on the power play even though everyone knows he’s shooting. Not only is puck approaching hard and fast, his blade is curved so much, even Ovi doesn’t know exactly where it’s going.
Combine that with his obscene shot output, and that’s how Ovechkin became one of the greatest goal scorers of all-time.
Thanks, Tuukka! Good stuff.
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