Pavel Datsyuk is crazy good.
This is not a surprise to Hockeytown fans—as they already know this—but when you watch the same player for so long you tend to take them for granted. While there may be better scorers or harder shooters in the league, there in nobody who can match his puck handling skills.
Whether it is deftly weaving through the opposition, spinning them in circles as they try to keep up or his amazing puck stealing ability, Datsyuk is a magician on ice.
While racing in for a shot during game two, the defender was able to cut off the passing lane and eliminate a good shooting angle. Most players would have just blasted one into the goalie, thus ending any real scoring chance. Not Datsyuk, instead he takes the puck between his legs and shoots it from there.
While he didn’t score, he was able to increase his angle, which meant the goalie had to cover more room. The result was a long rebound that teammate Darren Helm was easily able to score on.
Watching the video you see that the play starts with a smart poke at the puck that starts the whole run.