Last nights game was not televised, and being that I live in Denver, “not available in your area” was the friendly message I was given by nhl.com’s video portal. So, I got the synopsis from the internet, and gargled text messages from friends at the game. From what I gathered, the only thing remotely interesting that took place was seeing the uncanny Pavel Datsyuk, playing the role of enforcer. Apparently, Philadelphia’s Mike Testwuide has enough confidence in himself to believe that the boarding rule, does not apply to him. Regardless, the unlikely duo of Garnet Exelby and Pavel Datsyuk, quickly arrived on the scene to avenge the fallen Brendan Smith, the victim of Testwuides stupidity. Pavel is not known for his physical play, but those who watch him very carefully are very familiar with Pav’s strength, and his willingness and ability to not just defend himself, but his teammates as well.
For those of you who are kind enough to read my posts, you should be aware by now that 13 red is my favorite all time player. I replaced Sergei Fedorov with Pavel last season, for many reasons. One of them, is that Datsyuk has proven to be a possessor of an element of grit that Sergei was not, or at least, not as much. As much as Datsyuk falls down, it is perplexing that he is capable of delivering such convincing hits. But perplexing is a word that can certainly be used to describe our own Houdini, and his magic. When a player in the Datsyuk stratum of skill, shows that he is not opposed to a beat down of a dirty player who has assaulted a comrade of his, we know that he has reached a level of stardom and self assuredness that only the finest players can attain. This is a brief post. The video below can say more than I can. Go Wings.