Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was in the zone Wednesday night, making 33 saves to defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime.
In fact, he was so in the zone that he forgot to look at the scoreboard.
So in the closing minutes of the third period, he started skating to the Bruins' bench for an extra attacker, even though the score was tied 2-2.
His teammates on the bench kept waving to him to go back into his net, and fortunately, the Bruins kept possession of the puck and the Rangers weren't able to capitalize on the vacated net.
So what happened?
Tuukka Rask mistakenly skating to the bench for an extra attacker in a tied game 😂 pic.twitter.com/vRmgS4BCWq
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"I just had to tell something to Jaro (backup goalie Jaroslav Halak) real quick," Rask said.
He then fessed up.
"I honestly thought we were down 2-1," he said. "I was waiting for (coach Bruce Cassidy) to wave me over there. I'm thinking, 'Why the heck is he not? There's like a minute and a half left.' He's not waving me, so I decided to come over when we had the puck."
Informed it was 2-2, Rask returned to his net.
Rask might be forgiven for getting the score wrong because a Bruins goal was waved off when replays showed it didn't fully cross the line, and a Rangers goal was allowed on review when Rask thought it was hit by a high stick.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask guards the net against the Rangers' Kaapo Kakko. (Photo: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)
Brad Marchand scored in overtime for the victory.
"He's going to catch some heat for that," Marchand joked. "If anyone's not supposed to be asleep in a game, it's supposed to be a goalie. He made a lot of big saves tonight, so he gets a pass on that one."
Rask, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy last season, said he wasn't panicking during his foray but was more laughing at himself.
"Hey, it’s an entertainment industry," he said. "And that’s what we’re trying to provide, entertainment for the fans. I’m sure people were shocked at first, but hopefully they got a good laugh out of that.”
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