The amazing thing about Pavel Datsyuk is that he's so amazing his amazing plays hardly amaze us anymore. Well, sort of.
In Sunday's home game against the Kings, the Red Wings star got the scoring started with a nasty roof job from close quarters over the shoulder of Jonathan Quick. It was the type of skill we have become so accustomed to seeing from Datsyuk.
For almost any player in the league it would have been one of the best finishes they'll ever have. For Datsyuk it's just another in a long line.
Of course, some were quick to point out that perhaps it shouldn't have counted. Here's a screen grab of the puck entering the zone. It sure looks like Datsyuk was all the way in before the puck.
|Looks like Datsyuk beat the puck into the zone. (@CameronG15)|
About the only loophole I could see in it not being offside is this part of Rule 83.1:
However, a player actually controlling the puck who shall cross the line ahead of the puck shall not be considered “off-side,” provided he had possession and control of the puck prior to his skates crossing the blue line.
Still, it didn't seem like Datsyuk controlled the puck. It was a bang-bang call you can probably forgive the linesman for missing. Plus, it would take away from the great finish.
It was just one shift earlier, while the Kings were on the power play, that Datsyuk was absolutely leveled by Drew Doughty on a short-handed chance.
Wow, now that's a good, clean hit. A huge hit, too.
The hit was so hard it popped Datsyuk's helmet off, and he went old-timey on us by playing helmetless hockey until the play was blown dead by a Kings penalty to end the LA power play and give one to Detroit. The ensuing power play was when Datsyuk scored the goal above.