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NHL Play of the Year Showdown: Datsyuk vs. Oshie

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TSN.ca Staff
4/18/2014 12:02:59 PM
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TSN.ca's NHL Play of the Year showdown continues today with possibly the greatest duo of the 21st century taking on a man that made a name for himself in 2014 as a one-man show.

The fifth match-up of the Round of 32 sees Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg team up to take on St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Here's a play where Datsyuk makes a bunch of players look silly and Zetterberg's there to put on the exclamation point.

Datsyuk strips perennial Selke candidate Patrice Bergeron of the puck in the neutral zone (because, of course he does). He then inside-out's Zdeno Chara(!) and slides a cross-ice pass under a sprawling defender and - hey look! - there's Zetterberg, who beats Tuukka Rask blocker side.

Oshie – as he proved at the Sochi Olympics this year – is comfortable taking on a whole team.

After a fake slapper from Alex Steen backs the Tampa Bay Lightning off, Oshie grabs the puck and starts making headway towards the net. Oshie then splits Victor Hedman and Teddy Purcell before avoiding a spinning stick-check from Martin St. Louis. Losing his feet, Oshie finishes it with a backhand shovel that beats big Ben Bishop.

You can watch the highlights and make your decision here. Every vote counts, so watch all the plays and take part in the TSN.ca Play of the Year Showdown. Let us know who you voted for via Twitter by using the hashtag #tsnklondikepoy.

Pavel Datsyuk (Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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