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NHL Video: Top Plays from Week 8 of 2013 Season

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 05: Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks turns to celebrate his 3rd period goal against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on March 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2013

March Madness might be the focus of the sports world over the next few weeks, but the excitement and intensity found in the NHL is growing at an impressive rate with each passing day.

Week 8 of the season was a fine example of this, evidenced by the fact that we saw at least one jaw-dropping play each night.

Let's look at the top plays from a thrilling Week 8 of the 2013 NHL season.

 

 

Goals

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

The highlight of the Chicago Blackhawks' incredible 8-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night was this beautiful goal by Patrick Kane that included a sweet 360-degree spin move.

 

Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has a lot of size, but he also has an impressive amount of offensive skill. He proved that with this game-winning goal.

 

Shawn Matthias, Florida Panthers

After Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton lands on top of him, Shawn Matthias is able to win possession of the puck and score a great shorthanded goal for the Florida Panthers.

 

Passes

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins superstar center Sidney Crosby adds another assist to his league-leading total with a beautiful pass to Pascal Dupuis.

 

Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs center Tyler Bozak is able to perfectly time a backhand pass to find speedy winger Phil Kessel.

 

Saves

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

Star goaltender Ryan Miller has been one of the only Buffalo Sabres players to perform at a high level on a consistent basis in 2013, and in this sequence he makes several great saves to prevent the Ottawa Senators from scoring their first goal of the game.

 

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes not one, but two amazing saves to prevent the Buffalo Sabres from opening the scoring in the first period.

 

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets No. 1 goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky makes an unbelievable save to rob Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland of what would have been the game-winning goal in overtime.

 

Hit

Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds braces for impact as he enters the offensive zone but he ends up delivering the larger hit as New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov goes flying into the boards after colliding with Simmonds.

 

Fight

Mike Rupp (Minnesota Wild) vs. Patrick Bordeleau (Colorado Avalanche)

Since coming to the Wild in a trade with the New York Rangers last month, Mike Rupp has given Minnesota a much-needed veteran presence that provides the team with size and toughness. Unfortunately for Rupp, he lost this fight to Patrick Bordeleau after landing the first few punches of the bout.

 

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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