Datsyuk battles Horton in Play of the Year Showdown Staff

5/15/2013 12:02:44 PM

We continue round one of's 2013 Play of the Year Showdown with a second, impressive POY entry from Pavel Datsyuk and a first from recent Leaf-killer, Nathan Horton. Will one of these two plays be impressive enough to take out the rest of the POY nominees?
Datsyuk shows off not just his hands, but also his foot-skills in his second POY entry of the 2013 Showdown. It is Datsyuk's creative use of his feet and incredible finishing skills, even while impeded by two defensemen that get his goal nominated, in true 'Datsyukian' fashion.

Horton's POY play is a very strong nomination. His quick thinking and even faster hands lets him dance past a flat-footed Hurricane defenseman, taking it strong to the net and putting the finishing touches on this truly POY-worthy goal.

You can watch the highlights and make your decision here ( Every vote counts so watch all the plays and take part in the Play of the Year Showdown.

Player facts:

- Datsyuk has two Stanley Cup rings, four Lady Bing Memorial trophies and has the second-best plus/minus among active NHL players (behind a guy named Jaromir Jagr)

- Horton has had a few injury-plagued seasons, but when he's healthy, he is productive. Horton led the 2009 Florida Panthers in assists and was second on the team in total points during the 2006, 2007 and 2009 regular seasons.

Fun facts:

- The Red Wings' Hakan Andersson was likely the only NHL scout to see Datsyuk play prior to the 1998 entry draft, this thanks to a snowstorm that forced a scout from another team to abandon his trip, allowing Detroit to pick Datsyuk 171st overall

- Nathan Horton is married to Tammy Plante, great-niece of former NHL goaltending legend Jacques Plante. She also happens to be a model.