If any group of fans should get a little jaded when it comes to amazing goals, it might be Detroit Red Wings devotees. Pavel Datsyuk has authored so many stunners that you’d think people might just start shrugging their shoulders.
Most of us just drop our jaws each time, though. The 34-year-old superstar beat almost every Nashville Predators player on the ice (plus Pekka Rinne) to score this goal, which tied Tuesday’s game 3-3:
Nashville ended up winning in overtime on a Shea Weber goal, but Datsyuk helped the beat-up bunch to at least secure a point. (He also had an assist to push his season points total to 18.)
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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