It’s been a while since former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk announced his retirement from the NHL, and his plans to move back to Russia. The Red Wings performed about as well as fans expected they would the season following his retirement, the first year of the Datsyuk-less era, missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.
Though his game slowed in the few years before his retirement, Datsyuk still had the skillset to go toe-to-toe with anyone in the NHL, and probably still could today. In many cases, Pavel could take on an entire team of players on the ice, and that’s what we have in this case.
In the February 19, 2013, game, in the lockout-shortened season, the Red Wings trailed the Nashville Predators 3-2 in the waning minutes of the 3rd period. Datsyuk commenced his ultimate “hold my beer” moment and went coast-to-coast, winding through all 5 Predators players and beating goaltender Pekka Rinne for one of the flashiest goals of his career. We love you, Pavs.
Former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk was never known for racking up penalty minutes during his NHL career, but he decided to switch things up upon entering the KHL.
Datsyuk’s current team, SKA St. Petersburg was in the middle of a playoff game against HC Dynamo Moscow. Datsyuk took exception to being hit from behind by an opponent and set his sights on a different opponent that just took a shot. Datsyuk leveled him, earning him 25 minutes in penalties and a game misconduct.
To view the rest of this content, follow the link below!