The sports world makes for a beautiful palette but individual images can get lost in the constant shuffle. Here are the best Getty Images sports photos from this week.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins follows the play as Joel Farabee of the Philadelphia Flyers and Jeremy Lauzon set up in front during the first period of the ‘NHL Outdoors At Lake Tahoe’ at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort on Feb. 21, 2021, in Stateline, Nevada. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 7-3.
This photo of Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask came as a bit of a surprise. The image was taken with a remote camera that I set up in the low boards behind the net. This type of remote is fairly common with NHL games, but the sunlight helped make this image unique. The tricky part was finding the right exposure that worked shooting into the sun, and yet was still usable when the sun went down. Fortunately for me, the sun and the goaltender lined up just perfectly for a brief period of time. As this happened it appears some ice was clouded up into the air which created a beautiful glow around Rask. The sequence itself was about six images, but only this one lined up just right. Although it is very static, it has very different quality to it.
— Christian Petersen
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tosses his club after playing his shot from the 11th tee during the first round of The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club on Feb. 18, 2021, in Pacific Palisades, California.
Covering golf, especially the first two rounds of a tournament, requires a lot of hustle in order to photograph all the athletes before any cuts for the subsequent two rounds. At The Genesis Invitational last week, one of the golfers we especially needed in the first two rounds was Rory McIlroy. I followed him for a few holes so that I had a wide variety of images before continuing through my player list. Never did I think he would toss his club after teeing off. That’s the beauty of sports photography – capturing the unexpected moments. Moments like these helps to tell the broader story of the game, the particular player and, in this instance, how frustrating golf can be!
— Steph Chambers
The United States celebrates winning the SheBelieves Cup at Exploria Stadium on Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Florida.
Anytime I cover any global soccer tournaments, it’s always amazing to see how the US Women’s National Team performs at such a high level, in addition to the amount of support they receive from fans of all ages, especially young girls who look up to these athletes and their incredible success. For the US team to put on a display like this against Argentina, winning 6-0, in such a big game is so impressive and to see the joy when the hard work comes to fruition makes the tournament that much more special.
— Mike Ehrmann
Nicolas Aube-Kubel of the Philadelphia Flyers skates with the puck against the Boston Bruins in the first period during the ‘NHL Outdoors At Lake Tahoe’ at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort on Feb. 21, 2021, in Stateline, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Linus Ullmark of the Buffalo Sabres makes the save on Oliver Wahlstrom of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 22, 2021, in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Sabres 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
In an aerial view from a drone, the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche warm-up prior to the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort on Feb. 20, 2021, in Stateline, Nevada. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots against OG Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors during the first half at Amalie Arena on Feb. 23, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Montrezl Harrell of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Staples Center on Feb. 18, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
A reflection of the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics warming up before their game, surrounded by empty seats, at TD Garden on Feb. 16, 2021, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Robert Covington of the Portland Trail Blazers blocks the shot of Willy Hernangomez of the New Orleans Pelicans during the fourth quarter of an NBA game at Smoothie King Center on Feb. 17, 2021, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers drives against Zeke Nnaji of the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter at Ball Arena on Feb, 23, 2021, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets and John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks battle for a rebound during the second half at State Farm Arena on Feb. 21, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Christian Vazquez of the Boston Red Sox takes batting practice during a spring training team workout on Feb. 21, 2021, at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Gabriel Barbosa of Flamengo celebrates with Gerson after scoring a goal during a match between Flamengo and Internacional as part of 2020 Brasileirao Series A at Maracana Stadium on Feb. 21, 2021, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
The starting lineup of the United States and Canada ahead of the 2021 SheBelieves Cup game at Exploria Stadium on Feb. 18, 2021, in Orlando City, Florida. (Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
Adriana of Brazil celebrates her goal against Romina Nunez of Argentina during the SheBelieves Cup at Exploria Stadium on Feb. 18, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/ Getty Images)
Juan Escobar of Cruz Azul struggles for the ball against Michael Estrada of Toluca during the 7th round match between Cruz Azul and Toluca as part of the Torneo Guard1anes 2021 Liga MX at Azteca Stadium on Feb. 20, 2021, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Bubba Watson of the United States putts on the 12th green during the first round of The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club on Feb. 18, 2021, in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka of Japan poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning her Women’s Singles Final match against Jennifer Brady of the United States during day 13 of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Feb. 20, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory in his Men’s Singles Final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia during day 14 of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Feb. 21, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Katharina Liensberger of Austria stumbles after crossing the finish line during the 2nd run of the FIS World Ski Championships Women’s Slalom on Feb. 20, 2021, in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Grant Holloway of the United States on his way to winning the Men’s 60m Hurdles final in a world record time during the World Athletics Indoor Tour Madrid 2021 (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)