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Goal Analysis: Datsyukian Dekes And Dangerous Finishes

With today’s horrible lockout news, I’ve decided not to write about it and instead do another Goal Analysis post.  Hopefully, this will take your mind off of the impending lockout and instead on the awesomeness that is the game of hockey (played by players, not by stupid owners and an a-hole owner).  Today’s goal is, well, just take a look:

Datsyuk rules.  Let’s break it down!

Oddly enough, in this situation, we have Homer playing the center position and Datsyuk and Helm, natural centers, playing the wings.  Oooookay.  Nick and Stewie are on D and no I’m not crying and yeah I totally am crying.  Anyway.  What happens with the puck here?

Yeah, NBC changed angles, but as you can see, Mr. Perfect sees Pav and decides to give him the puck.  Always a perfect move.

The puck looks like it’s up for grabs, but Pav has other ideas.  He knows right here he cannot get the puck in stride, but knows that he can at least change its trajectory and get it around the Coyote defenseman.

Boop.  Pav does his thing and gets the puck around the d-man.  Here, he’s even with the defenseman on his backhand side.  I noted that there are three defensive players and they are all looking at Pav, not noticing the danger behind them.

Pav continued skating towards the net.  He did get ahead of the Phoenix player, but not enough to cut in towards the net.  The defender here, Keith Yandle, actually did a good job of keeping Pav wide.  Pav is also on his backhand, so it’s tougher to get a quality shot off.  Sadly for Phoenix, Pav owns and is about to make our jaws all collectively DROP.

Love this move.  Like said in the video, it’s not a “hot dog” move.  Even though the save was made, it threw the goalie off balance because Pav changed the angle of the shot at the last second.  Once again, note Helm lagging behind with not a defender even trying to cover him.

Let’s see if I foreshadowed this enough – three guys ignored Helm and Pav changed the angle and caused the goalie to get off balance after making the kick save.  That about covers it.  Let’s see Helm slam it home!

DANGER.  ZONE.

Just an amazing play here by Datsyuk.  Sad that we won’t see him play for a little while.  Ugh.  But yeah, this play happened because Nick is amazing and gave it to Pav.  Pav did an awesome move and tipped the puck around the defenseman.  He didn’t have enough angle to the front of the net, so he just decided to change the angle in an unconventional way…go between his legs.  The goalie was caught off guard, and even though he made the save, he was off balance and Helm slammed it home.  BOOM!

And that’s the last Goal Analysis post before the lockout.  Yell at me on the twitter (@KevinN37) if you have any thoughts on…well…anything hockey related.  Bonus points if you insult Samuelsson.  Until next time…

LET’S GO GRIFFINS!!

Topics: Darren Helm, Goal Analysis, Pavel Datsyuk

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