Bruins’ Tuukka Rask Nearly Hit By Octopus During National Anthem (GIF)

Tuukka Rask was listening to the national anthem at Joe Louis Arena before Tuesday’s Game 3 when a Red Wings fan threw an octopus onto the ice and nearly hit the Boston Bruins goaltender.

Throwing an octopus onto the ice before the first period begins is a tradition that goes back more than five decades in Detroit.

Perhaps the Red Wings fan was trying to rattle the Bruins netminder. Rask entered the game leading the playoffs with a stellar 1.02 goals against average and a .966 save percentage.

Check out Rask almost being hit by a flying octopus in the GIF below, courtesy of Twitter/@PeteBlackburn.