There were some remarkable plays in the NHL during the fourth week of the 2013 season as the intensity of the playoff race begins to build.
With 21 teams averaging 2.50 or more goals per game, fans have been fortunate to see a lot of offense in this shortened season.
Let's look at the best plays from the fourth week of the year.
Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers
Ales Hemsky scored 10 goals last season in 69 games, and he already has seven through 14 games in 2013. His best goal of the season happened Saturday when he made two brilliant moves to beat Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien and goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
John Tavares, New York Islanders
John Tavares has scored seven goals in his last five games, including a hat-trick performance against the New Jersey Devils last week. After scoring on two rebounds, the Islanders superstar beat Devils goaltender Johan Hedberg with an unstoppable wrist shot to complete the hat trick.
Kyle Brodziak, Minnesota Wild
The Wild would not have taken two important points from the Calgary Flames in a shootout without Kyle Brodziak scoring the team's only goal in regulation.
Rick Nash, New York Rangers
Rick Nash's pass to Carl Hagelin Tuesday is arguably the assist of the season.
The veteran forward explained the play to me following his team's shootout victory over the Boston Bruins: "I thought I had a step on [Ference] wide, I noticed I didn't so I cut back, didn't have a shot, saw Hags out of the corner of my eye at the last second so I dished it over."
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
It was fitting that Henrik Sedin became the Vancouver Canucks' all-time leading scorer with a beautiful pass to set up a goal by Alex Burrows. The 32-year-old veteran passed team legend Markus Naslund's previous record 756 points, and since he probably has at least five years left in his NHL career, Sedin could extend his record quite a bit by the time he retires.
T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues
Blues forward T.J. Oshie is having a fine season with five goals and eight assists through 15 games. He never quits on this play and is able to feed Patrik Berglund with a quality pass that turns into an important goal.
Jake Allen, St. Louis Blues
Jake Allen has been given an opportunity to start a few games for the St. Louis Blues recently with starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak injured. He made arguably the save of the season to rob Calgary Flames forward T.J. Brodie in a 5-2 victory for the Blues, Friday.
Anders Lindback, Tampa Bay Lightning
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov had a wide open net to score his fifth goal of the season, but Anders Lindback made an incredible save to give the Lightning a chance to take at least a point from the game.
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
After making a sweet move to get into scoring position, Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is crushed by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. To his credit, Datsyuk wasn't fazed by the hit and scored one of the season's best goals less than two minutes later.
Tye McGinn and Mark Stuart
There were a lot of exciting fights over the last seven days, but the winner for best bout of the week goes to Tye McGinn and Mart Stuart. The Flyers forward took some solid punches by the Jets defenseman early in the fight, but he battled back to land some powerful punches of his own before getting the takedown.
Ryan Reaves (STL) and Aaron Volpatti (VAN) also had a fantastic bout Sunday that is worth checking out.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter. He was also a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs in Boston. All quotes obtained first hand unless otherwise noted.