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Pavel Datsyuk’s spellbinding tally earns him the Goal of the Week (November 29-December 5)


James O’Brien

It almost always feels great to see justice served.

There were other impressive goals from November 29-December 5, but from the first time I saw Pavel Datsyuk deke his way through San Jose Sharks defensemen with his characteristic grace, I knew he was the odds-on favorite to take home this imaginary prize.

In a league full of well-trained players and coaches who depend on video tutelage, it’s truly amazing to see a player beat two or more players plus a goalie. Even some of the most talented hockey players cannot accomplish that task, but there really isn’t ever a safe time to take on Datsyuk.

His two-way play brings him into the “best player in the world” discussion even if his goal and assist numbers trail the very elite in the NHL, but it’s those sublime sequences of stickhandling that make him a true delight. Here are the poll results.


James O’Brien

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Enough of my jibber jabber, enjoy the video of Datsyuk’s goal of the week worthy efforts.
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