A whole list of Pavel Datsyuk GIFs? Really? Yes, dammit. You may not have noticed because the NHL decided back in 2007 that Sidney Crosby was the face of the league, but Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is a hockey genius—nay, hockey wizard. The man is capable of doing things with a puck that are usually only possible in video games. And he does them so often that putting together this list was not even hard. Pavel Datsyuk GIFs are all over the hockey-loving internet. All I had to do was collect them.
So are you ready to witness some jaw-dropping hockey skills? Okay then. Let’s get started…
If not for Montreal netminder Carey Price intentionally getting himself interfered with, this might have stood as the greatest goal of Pavel Datsyuk's career. As it is, it's still worthy of the ultimate Datsyuk highlight reel.
29. The Disallowed Goal
The fact that the word "Datsyukian" is part of the modern hockey lexicon says a lot. It sounds so stupid, and yet it's really the only way to describe some of the things this guy does.
28. Datsyukian Spin-o-Rama
Chicago thought they'd contain Pavel Datsyuk by quintuple teaming him.
27. Datsyuk vs. The Blackhawks
"'Scuse me fellas, just gonna go in and help myself to a goal."
Pavel Datsyuk 1, Nashville Predators 0
26. Datsyuk vs. The Predators
The most insane thing about this? Somebody out there said this was the third-best Pavel Datsyuk goal. For almost every other hockey player in the world this would be the highlight of their career.
25. Behind-the-Back Shootout Goal
Maybe the Bruins should have tried quintuple-teaming him.
Datsyuk doens't care if Zdeno Chara is eight feet tall and made of steel. He's still going to skate right on past him.
22. Datsyuk vs. Chara
FYI, Pavel Datsyuk plays a lot of soccer, and sometimes that skill set comes in handy on the ice.
21. Soccer Skills
"Oh here you go guys, take the puck—nah j/k I'm gonna score a goal now!"
20. Amazing Goal vs. Dallas
This one looks so simple. Datsyuk barely moves, and Jonathan Bernier barely moves. But that's exactly what makes it so amazing. See if you can freeze an NHL goalie like a statue with a single flinch of your wrists.
19. So Simple
Pavel doesn't just score goals. He prevents them, too.
18. Datyuk Outta Nowhere
The steal is amazing enough. Then he goes and triple-dekes the goalie before pitting a backhander top shelf? That's just ridiculous.
17. Epic Steal
Speaking of top shelf...Pavel Datsyuk isn't just a puck-handling wizard. He can also snipe with the best of them, and he loves going top shelf.
16. Top Shelf vs. Kings
Nice try Corey Crawford. Please play again.
15. Top Shelf vs. Hawks
Geez Hiller, next time don't leave those 26mm above your right shoulder.
14. Top Shelf vs. Ducks
You know what? You'd better watch out for that 26mm above your left shoulder, too.
In fact, Jonas, just don't leave any portion of the net exposed when Datyuk has the puck alright?
13. Backhander vs. Ducks
Seriously, Datsyuk probably has the most dangerous backhander in the NHL. I mean, how many guys do you see scoring backhanders from beyond the hashmarks?
12. Backhander vs. Flyers
Come on, that's not even fair.
11. Backhander vs. Sabres
Forget the best backhand in the NHL. Pavel Datsyuk might have the best backhand in the history of hockey.
Go ahead, prove my speculation wrong. I'd love to see it.
10. Backhander vs. Sharks
"This is what you get for winning gold medal in Russia, Mr. Towes."
Pavel Datsyuk does many things ridiculously well. But scoring on the breakaway is probably what he does best.
7. Shootout Goal vs. Blackhawks
Behold Pavel Datsyuk's signature move. Goalies are powerless against it.
6. Datsyuk's Signature Move
Dude, is that your jock strap at center ice?
5. Complete Undressing
Nobody can make a professional hockey player look silly like Pavel Datsyuk. The dude has the puck on a string obeying his every command, and he knows exactly where you are going.
4. Datsyukian Ankle-Breaker
Nice try, Logan Couture, but just go ahead and have a seat.
In fact, this one's so good, let's have a look at it from another angle...
3. Have a Seat, Kid
"GOOD GOD ALMIGHT! THEY'VE KILLED HIM!" –Jim Ross
2. One More Look
If you want to see the actual play, you can do that here. But personally I prefer the one with the special effects. It really drives home the fact that Pavel Datsyuk possesses supernatural hockey abilities.
1. See, he IS a wizard...
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