The NHL has more duality than just about any other league in the world. Hockey can be brutal and beautiful, often within seconds of the separate occurrences. A big body check in the neutral zone causes a streaking forward to cough up the puck.
Perhaps Phil Kessel or Alex Ovechkin pounces on the loose biscuit, and dances into the offensive zone with speed before stick handling between two defenders and burying a goal.
All while the guy that got blown up in the first place is just now getting back to his feet.
Hockey has a lofty perch for the flashiest players. The guys that bring fans to their feet as soon as they get the puck on their stick. So far, the 2013-14 season has given us some magical goals, and some flashy plays and players to boot.
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