We are almost at the halfway point in the 2013 NHL season, with every team except the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings having played 20 or more games in this shortened 48-game schedule.
Week six of the season was full of many spectacular plays, including a lot of unbelievable saves from goaltenders. Many of these goalies are under a lot of pressure to carry their clubs to the playoffs this season, and they are responding with some highlight reel saves in high-pressure moments.
Let's look at the 10 best plays from week six of the 2013 NHL season.
Nazem Kadri, Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri is proving why he belongs at the NHL level this season, and he made an emphatic statement on Thursday with a hat trick against the New York Islanders. His third goal to complete the hat trick was one of the most exciting plays of the year.
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
Not many forwards have better moves in front of the goal than Los Angeles Kings star Anze Kopitar, and he showed why on this great goal, which turned out to be the game-winner that helped the defending champs earn a much-needed victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin's passing skills and high hockey IQ were on display with this pass that was perfectly placed off the end boards to his brother, Daniel.
Peter Mueller, Florida Panthers
This great pass by Florida Panthers forward Peter Mueller created a scoring opportunity for teammate Jonathan Huberdeau, which the rookie took advantage of for his ninth goal of the season. Huberdeau currently leads all rookies with 10 goals scored.
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
Corey Crawford has been one of the NHL's most improved players from last season, and he's made so many important saves in the Chicago Blackhawks' record-setting streak of 22 games to start a season without a regulation loss. This save on Johan Franzen might be Crawford's finest moment of the year.
Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes
The Phoenix Coyotes are still in the playoff race because of the fantastic performances from goaltender Mike Smith and amazing saves like this.
Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Ward makes what might be the save of the season thus far by robbing Capitals forward Joel Ward at the goal line. Unfortunately for the Hurricanes, their star goaltender is expected to miss over a month with a knee injury suffered on Sunday (per TSN's Bob McKenzie).
Deryk Engelland, Pittsburgh Penguins
Veteran defenseman Deryk Engelland crushes Florida Panthers forward Jack Skille with a huge hit just before the Penguins blue line. This might be the biggest hit of the season thus far.
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Drew Doughty had an assist and played well defensively in the Los Angeles Kings' 5-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, but his massive hit on Francois Beauchemin was the defenseman's most memorable moment of the night.
Mike Brown and Tye McGinn
Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mike Brown (he was traded to Edmonton on Monday, per TSN's Aaron Ward) was involved in a fantastic bout with Philadelphia Flyers forward Tye McGinn last week, where both players landed some powerful punches. The fight was pretty even until the end, when Brown's final right-handed punch was enough to earn him the takedown.
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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