If you tune in to any of the weekend highlight shows, you're bound to see it. The eye-catching, between-the-legs, inside-out shot by Pavel Datsyuk at Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov that left many jaws dropped at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday. Datsyuk didn't score, but Brzygalov left a juicy rebound for Darren Helm, who deposited the puck into the net for a 3-0 Wings lead with 58.2 seconds left in the first period. Datsyuk had a goal and three assists Saturday, and won an incredible 16 of 20 faceoffs continuing his starring role in this series. And that move? How did Datsyuk come up with that one? "Maybe the fans were cheering so much for us, it got me excited," Datsyuk said. "It was a stupid thing. It's spontaneous. A quick decision." But it was effective, ultimately producing Helm's goal. "It worked," Datsyuk said. "It gives me confidence next time." Datsyuk knows Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov from playing with the Russian goalie in the Olympics and Bryzgalov knows some of Datsyuk's moves. "I tried to surprise him but it looked like he wasn't surprised," Datsyuk said. Datsyuk has attempted the move in practice. He's tried it in a shoot-out. But in a real, live Stanley Cup playoff game? "The fact he almost pulled it off, he's done it in practice, but in a Stanley Cup playoff game, it's really remarkable," Jimmy Howard said.
Pavel Datsyuk's between-the-legs shot amazes fans, teammates
Detroit News | Apr 17