This isn't the goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, through four days of the tournament. This isn't the pass of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
This is simply the play of the playoffs thus far, as Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings chips the puck to himself, fires a shot between his legs and sets up a Darren Helm goal with his wizardry at 19:01 of the first period.
The bouncing puck was tough to handle, but it was still Datsyuk's play against Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes at center ice that made this thing happen. The shot was obscene. Give Ilya Bryzgalov credit for making the stop, but there was little he could do on Helm's follow-up to make it 3-0 Detroit after the first period.
This was Datsyuk's second incident of Coyotes Defenseman Abuse in Game 2, as he faked Adrian Aucoin out of his skates on a power-play goal earlier in the period.
As Doc Emrick said after the first 20 minutes of Red Wings domination: "With all due respect: Detroit 3, the Washington Generals Nothing."
- Pavel Datsyuk
- Darren Helm