The NHL lockout is over, which means players who have been passing the time by playing in Europe will now be headed back to North America to their respective cities.
One of those players is Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings. He's been with CSKA Moscow of the KHL since the start of their season and played his final game with the club on Sunday during a 3-2 shootout win over Traktor. Only one goal was scored in the shootout and that was by Mr. Dangle Dangle himself in what could only be described as "gorgeous". See for yourself:
He was fortunate with a little puck luck as it trickled through former NHLer Michael Garnett's pads, but it's Datsyuk; he can make that stuff happen.
As we've tracked here at Puck Daddy, Datsyuk has made the KHL his personal playground during his time over there. Whether he was scoring goals with his head or embarrassing entire teams with individual efforts, Datsyuk didn't miss a beat while waiting out the lockout. He finished with 11 goals and 36 points through 31 games with CSKA Moscow and now he's all ours to watch on a regular basis again.
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