Week 7 of the 2013 NHL season was probably the most exciting seven-day period in hockey since the lockout ended in January.
There were so many great games and highlight-reel moments that gave fans across the league plenty to cheer about. Since each game is becoming more important with half of the season completed, the physical play is starting to increase and this was evident in the number of exiting fights that occurred last week.
Let's look at the best plays from Week 7 of the season.
Eric Fehr, Washington Capitals
Eric Fehr was able to muscle his way between Boston Bruins defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton to score an unbelievable goal that helped the Washington Capitals complete a thrilling comeback to win 4-3 in overtime.
Cody Hodgson, Buffalo Sabres
Sabres center Cody Hodgson stick handles his way past a Carolina Hurricanes forward at the red line, carries the puck into the attacking zone and then undresses Justin Faulk with a sweet move before finishing with a shot past Justin Peters' glove side for the goal.
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar forward Evgeni Malkin seems to provide fans with one goal-of-the-year moment against the Tampa Bay Lightning each season. This goal was a perfect example of the defensive struggles the Lightning are having this season.
Matt Cullen, Minnesota Wild
Matt Cullen is able to find Jason Zucker in front of the net with a brilliant pass to help the Minnesota Wild increase their lead in the first period of Sunday's victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Blackhawks' Top Line
The Blackhawks' top line of Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews perfectly execute several slick passes that results in Toews scoring the game's opening goal. Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, they would lose the game 6-2, which ended their streak of 24 games without losing in regulation.
Justin Peters, Carolina Hurricanes
Thomas Vanek appears to have an open net but Carolina Hurricanes backup goaltender Justin Peters stops him from scoring with a tremendous goal line save.
Keith Kinkaid, New Jersey Devils
Even if New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid doesn't have a long career in the NHL, he will always be able to say he stopped a Steven Stamkos breakaway attempt. That's pretty awesome.
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Jimmy Howard remains patient and makes a great save on Colorado Avalanche forward John Mitchell to preserve the Detroit Red Wings' 2-0 lead.
Johnny Boychuk, Boston Bruins
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk was credited with one hit during Thursday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs but it was a big one. His huge hit on Leafs forward James Van Riemsdyk during the second period was quite impressive.
Mark Fraser (Toronto Maple Leafs) vs. Adam McQuaid (Boston Bruins)
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid doesn't lose fights very often, but Leafs forward Mark Fraser earned a victory against him on Thursday night in one of the most exciting bouts of the season. Both players landed some powerful punches, but Fraser was the clear winner.
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.