There will never be a time when writing the words "Check out this awesome Pavel Datsyuk goal" will get old. Never. Whether he's playing for the Detroit Red Wings here in North America or, thanks to the lockout (it's Day 62, by the way), over with CSKA Moscow in the KHL, Datsyuk highlights will brighten the gloomiest of days. And we all know how gloomy things are on this side of the pond at the moment.
Take for example this Datsyuk goal in a 6-2 victory over Amur earlier this month; it may have been an even-strength tally for him, but if there ever were a time for his teammates to sit a shift out, this was it:
(You might recognize our good bud Steve Dangle with the voiceover.)
That was one of those scenes you see in hockey movies where the actors playing defense try their best to make it look like they're going to stop the puck, but allow the puck carrier to dangle through. Except, of course, this was Datsyuk being Datsyuk and there aren't many better at many opponents look silly.
After a ten-day break, the KHL resumed action this week with CSKA sitting fourth in the Western Conference and Datsyuk's teammate Alex Radulov leading the scoring race with 33 points in 24 games. Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Malkin aren't far behind.
Now that the NHL and NHLPA are on their own apparent break, how many more players will pack their bags and head overseas to play?
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