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Must see TV: Duchene and Malkin trade dirty dangles

Matt Duchene

Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, left, celebrates after his third goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Dallas. The Dallas Stars won 7-6 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)


Two of the most skilled hockey players in the entire world traded beautiful goals in Tuesday night’s Avalanche vs. Penguins game. But which one is better?

Nominee #1

Matt Duchene had one of the nastiest goals of the early season when he went through his on legs, then calmly deked Marc-Andre Fleury for a highlight goal. This is what happens when a supremely talented player:

Nominee #2

Not to be outdone, Evgeni Malkin submitted his entry for the prestigious Goal of the Year/Night/Game award when he took the puck in the corner, baptized rookie Gabriel Landeskog, then finished the highlight off with a move around goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Again, words don’t do the goal justice: