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Tuukka Rask nearly gets hit by octopus

The octopus made its 2014 playoff debut Tuesday night. One nearly hit Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the national anthem.

The Bruins-Red Wings series shifted to Detroit on Tuesday night, which meant it was time for the 2014 playoff debut of the octopus, a tradition that goes all the way back to the 1950's.

Several of the octopodes made their way on to the ice during and after the national anthem, and one of them very nearly hit Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.


A couple more feet and Rask is taking tentacles to the noggin, which probably would have been an awful way to start the night. The other person that probably had a terrible start to the night: The person sitting next to the person that smuggled a dead octopus into the arena.

[GIF via @PeteBlackburn]