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Gosh, I miss Pavel Datsyuk

I fell in love with hockey thanks to Brett Hull and Dominik Hasek. The '01-'02 season (yeah, I am relatively new), with (everything about) the '02 Western Conference Finals and Larionov's Triple OT Winner honestly being the crown jewels of my fandom (although I did cry just a bit for the '08 Cup).

Essentially starting the downfall of Marty Turco's career is the moment I fell in love with Pavel Datsyuk.

And he has ruined (Red Wings) hockey for me.

Datsyuk is (or was) a player that will simply mesmerize an audience with dazzling Datsyukian dekes and dangles that leave jock straps hanging from the rafters. At any given moment, you knew he could pull off something magical. Even if it wasn't a goal; he can beat the crap out of Corey Perry and put the biggest, toughest, meanest guys flat on their behinds.

Pavel Datsyuk was/is special. I mean alien or super-human. At least he gave me that feeling. Save Connor McDavid, the NHL doesn't have that anymore, let alone the torture that is Red Wings hockey right now.

You, the reader, can make this comments section anything you want it to be.
Who is that special player in today's game? Or who was that player to you? Super Mario, The Great One, Stevie Y?

If nothing else, enjoy the wealth of hockey highlights!

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In Defense of the Shootout

When the National Hockey League first instituted the shootout coming out of the lockout in 2005-06, immediately there was a line drawn in the sand.  To one side were those in favor of an ending more satisfying than a tie and to the other, those who labeled the shootout a gimmicky, “skills competition”. 

From the start it was obvious that I was in that first group.  I was enthralled by the individual show of skill.  I wasn’t alone.  The other 18,198 people in Madison Square Garden seemed equally riveted, standing unprompted, and remaining that way throughout. 

The shootout shone a rare spotlight on individual talent.  Without it, would we have gotten to see so many variations on the Datsyukian Deke?

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