Detroit Red Wings super star, Pavel Datsyuk owned the 2013 TSN NHL Play of the Year Showdown Championship match, literally. It was an all-Datsyukian final, with two fantastic plays going head-to-head for the title.
In the end, it was Datsyuk's end-to-end dangle through almost every Nashville player on the ice that captured the title.
On the winning play, Datsyuk showcases his hands, vision and perseverance. He starts by throwing a solid hit in his own defensive zone and retreiving the loose puck, and by the time this play is over, Datsyuk makes every single Nashville player on the ice look silly.
Datsyuk's winning play was able to beat a stellar individual effort by New York Islander forward Michael Grabner, an incredible play that saw Florida's Shawn Matthias muscle and dive his way to the net, and a dazzling display of hand-eye coordination by Edmonton's Magnus Paajarvi. But it was the semi final match-up against a showstopper of a save by the Blues' Jake Allen that really brought the drama. As this match neared its conclusion, the Detroit Red Wings were Tweeting and firing off message on Facebook nearly every minute in an attempt to rally the fans, thanking them personally for their support when fans tweeted their votes. It was this last-minute push by the team, which saw Datsyuk mount an incredible, last minute comeback and squeek out the victory by .5% over Allen.
Thanks to all the fans for taking the time to watch the plays and vote, thanks to the teams for getting involved and rallying around their players, and thanks to the players for making such oustanding, highlight-reel plays. See you next year.
Last year's TSN NHL Play of the Year Showdown winner was Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec.