Sunday, March 22, 2009

Off The Iron: Tuuka Rask Loses His Temper After Shootout Loss

March 21, 2009: Anger management is likely in the future for Tuuka, the Bruins goalie of the future. After a 2-1 Providence Bruins loss in a shootout to the Albany River Rats (AHL), the 22 year-old Rask put on a John McEnroe-esque tantrum display. The River Rats scored 2 controversial shootout goals to clinch the victory and Tuuka proceeded to lose his mind.

He displayed outstanding samurai-like control of his goalie stick as he slashed and hacked at the goal multiple times. He followed that up with slamming his stick against the glass and when the glass didn't fight back (and a somewhat embarrassing falling to the ice - if the rest wasn't embarrassing enough), he flung his stick across the ice. Sometime after that he had time to heave a milk carton across the ice as well. All in all, an impressive display of intensity by the young netminder.

A somewhat clearer video can be seen by clicking here - from ABC Channel 6 in Providence.


DJ Abisalih Mar 23, 2009, 2:03:00 AM  

I won't defend what Tuukka did, but I will say that those two "goals" are part of the reason why the AHL needs video replay. Whether they would get overturned or not in this situation doesn't really matter, as it's already spilled milk - the fact of the matter is that the right calls need to be made. Unfortunately, the AHL just doesn't seem fazed by the idea, even though all three junior leagues in Canada use it.

The Hockey Spy,  Mar 23, 2009, 12:41:00 PM  

I agree DJ. I might have pulled a "Tuuka" myself if I was in goal for those so-called 'goals'!

Ryan,  Mar 25, 2009, 10:32:00 AM  

Well at least he's showing some intensity, i like it.

The Hockey Spy,  Mar 25, 2009, 4:58:00 PM  

Precisely, Ryan!
As I said, a lot of us in the same situation might have "lost it", but Tuuka did just that in fine style!

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