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08:18 AM ET 02.11 | It doesn't happen often, but Pavel Datsyuk was caught pretty good Sunday by a hit, this one from Drew Doughty, and still had an MVP-type game. "You know, Pav has been doing it all year for us, as he has year after year," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall. "It doesn't matter if he gets hit, though it rarely happens because he's so smart. Tonight, Doughty was able to find him but Pavel just got up and kept playing his game." ... [Said Jordin Tootoo:]: "He's a quiet guy but he does all the little things. You watch him in the game or in practice and it's kind of soothing to watch. I work to get better every day. I've been a pro for almost 10 years now and there's no better play to learn from than the best player in the world."

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February 11, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Yes, Pavel Datsyuk IS the best player in the world. It's a shame the media is too in love with Crosby to give The Magician his well-overdue props.

February 11, 2013  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yes, Pavel Datsyuk IS the best player in the world. It's a shame the media is too in love with Crosby to give The Magician his well-overdue props.

I wish I could see this guy play more often.
But the NHL media will almost always prefer a North American over a European

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February 11, 2013  09:05 AM ET
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Better Red Wing: Yzerman or Datsyuk

different I think
Stevie y is one of my favourite players of all time

February 11, 2013  09:08 AM ET

The best player in the world!

Fixed.

Damn interns keep screwing up these headlines.

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February 11, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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Yes, but Crosby and Datsyuk are very different as well. So if one can make the statement that Dats is better than Croz, why not Stevie and Dats?

yes they are indeed. Although maybe Stvie and Dats are more similar that Dats and Sid

February 11, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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yes they are indeed. Although maybe Stevie and Dats are more similar that Dats and Sid

Absolutely. Dats doesn't piss and moan.

February 11, 2013  09:23 AM ET



You only have to watch the first 20 seconds to see some magic.

February 11, 2013  09:27 AM ET

tell us something we don,t know...

February 11, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Yes, Pavel Datsyuk IS the best player in the world. It's a shame the media is too in love with Crosby to give The Magician his well-overdue props.

Couldn't agree with you more.

February 11, 2013  09:39 AM ET

Every team would love to have this guy.

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February 11, 2013  09:41 AM ET

The best player in the world?

Yep! Second to none! Awesome!

February 11, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Nice pic.Funny you put it on a thread about "best player in the world", since Philly will be struggling to contain him tonight.

Welcome to the darkside Canuck

February 11, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Welcome to the darkside Canuck

It's only temporary. By 10:30 tonight he will have switched back.

February 11, 2013  09:59 AM ET
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It's only temporary. By 10:30 tonight he will have switched back.

But until then they're my second favourite team in the world. :-)

February 11, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Nice pic.

Funny you put it on a thread about "best player in the world", since Philly will be struggling to contain him tonight.

LET'S GO LEIGHTON

February 11, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Welcome to the darkside Canuck

Will there be sandwiches?

 
February 11, 2013  10:07 AM ET

Love watching Dats as he skates from behind and steals the puck from an opposing player, or when with two players around him controls and passes off to a open player. I read he has a 10-year old daughter back home he misses, so enjoy him while we can I guess.

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