We've been discussing shootouts here recently. But while shootouts are a fairly new add-on to the game, penalty shots are not.
Is there a most famous NHL penalty shot? I always think of Pavel Bure's failed attempt in the 1994 Stanley Cup finals, personally. As a die hard Canucks fan, that moment will live with me, and haunt me, probably forever.
Though it is far from famous, certainly one of the most unique penalty shots was taken by Bobby Rousseau. Roussea was a highly touted junior star and Memorial Cup champion in the 1950s, a silver medalist in the 1960 Olympics, and a NHL all star and 4 time Stanley Cup champion in the 1960s. Now he's the most recent biography addition here at Legends.
Best remembered as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, Rousseau played until 1975, some 20 years before the shoot out was introduced in the National Hockey League. He never performed in a shootout, but he certainly had a memorable penalty shot. Unfortunately it wasn't caught on film, as his tactics were far from expected.
In a game against Boston in 1960-61, Rousseau was awarded a penalty shot against goaltender Bruce Gamble. As opposed to the traditional breakaway approach followed by either a shot or deke, Rousseau unleashed a slap shot from just inside the blue line, surprising the unsuspecting Gamble.
The big wind up is not unheard of, but still rare. In recent years Brian Rolston, Thomas Vanek and Chris Pronger have all scored in similar fashion.