The combination of thrilling games and fantastic individual displays of brilliance made Week 5 of the NHL season one to remember.
With crucial playoff points at stake each night, the pressure to perform at a high level is bringing out the best in so many top stars.
Let's look at the 10 best plays from the fifth week of the season.
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara did his best Denis Savard impression Sunday with a spin-o-rama goal to help his team defeat the Florida Panthers. It was the kind of offensive brilliance that older Bruins fans remember seeing from Bobby Orr on a nightly basis during the 1970s.
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Another week, another amazing goal by Pavel Datsyuk. He goes coast-to-coast and carves up the entire Nashville Predators team with some amazing puck handling skills. It's one of the finest goals of the season thus far.
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Marian Hossa scored an important goal for the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday when he made a brilliant move from behind the net to beat Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider. Chicago won the game and tied the record for the most games to start a season without a regulation defeat.
Alexander Semin, Carolina Hurricanes
Alexander Semin is known more for his goal-scoring skills than his playmaking ability, but this pass to Jiri Tlusty is just amazing. Semin has played well in his first season in Carolina with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 17 games.
David Backes, St. Louis Blues
David Backes is one of the top defensive forwards in the league, but he also has some impressive playmaking skills. The Blues need more offensive production from their captain while star rookie Vladimir Tarasenko is battling an injury.
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
It was a rough week for the Buffalo Sabres with the firing of long-time head coach Lindy Ruff, but star goaltender Ryan Miller did his best to give the fans something to cheer for with some brilliant saves, including this one against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins
Marc-Andre Fleury makes a great pad save on a breakaway to prevent Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little from tying the game. Pittsburgh defeated Winnipeg 3-1.
Aaron Volpatti, Vancouver Canucks
This huge hit from Aaron Volpatti illustrates the level of toughness that the Vancouver Canucks need from their bottom-six forwards this season.
Alexei Emelin, Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin hasn't made a huge impact offensively this season with just three points in 18 games, but don't expect him to lose any ice time as long as he plays well in his own zone and delivers big hits like the one seen above.
Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars) and Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks)
We rarely see quality bouts between two superstar players, but Jamie Benn and Joe Thornton had a tremendous fight last week. Both players landed some quality punches, but Thornton was the clear winner. The Sharks captain has already fought twice this season after dropping the gloves just one time last year.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter. He was a credentialed reporter at the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and 2012 NHL playoffs.
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