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Watch Doughty land a big hit on Datsyuk

Feb 10, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

Sunday’s Los Angeles Kings-Detroit Red Wings game featured another example of Pavel Datsyuk‘s highlight reel-worthy brilliance, but those clips give the impression that it’s easy.

This hit by Drew Doughty provides a compelling counterpoint:

Darryl Sutter has asked for more from the 23-year-old defenseman, so at least he’s asserting himself physically.

That being said, Datsyuk, 34, and the Red Wings got the last laugh by beating the Kings 3-2 in regulation.

  1. polegojim - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Nice hit… then Dats jumps right up and into the play…

    Even better win – nice job Red Wings!

    • jpelle82 - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      doughty’s limp wristed clear attempt with 5 secs left led to the game winning goal. wings should be laughing

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 10, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Nothing wrong with the hit. The wings were classy for not attacking Doughty afterwards. I know loads of team that would!

    • stakex - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Thats actually a great point. Far too many fights happen these days for perfectly clean hits.

    • beelza - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      The classy take is…I have an alternate view. Wings need a tough guy, legitimate tough guy who can fight, but someone with talent in other areas. Datsyuk is 35 years old and that hit has got to be avenged; b/c it’s Datsyuk for no other reason. Clean hit I know, but we’re talking about literally a top player in the world. Forget Tootoo. Tough guys with talent are hard to find, but it has got to be done. Otherwise it’s open season on Z, Pavel, Brunner. Even Scotty understood the need for a guy that can intimidate.

      • hockinj25 - Feb 11, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        Why does it need to be avenged? It was a clean hit, its part of the game. I don’t like seeing Datsyuk getting wrecked but there is no reason they should have gone after Doughty.

      • beelza - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        Legal hit. Fighting is legal also. What’s the problem? Two legal hockey plays, right? If every team every night mandates that they will be looking to legally blast Pavel and Z and Brunner every game these guys will be hoppin on and off IR all season. Now, these are all legal hits, but your stars get taken advantage of-legally. My point is just because it is legal doesn’t make it acceptable. Pavel is 35, hits like that take longer and longer to get over. He pops back up mostly b/c of adrenaline, not toughness. These monster hits have a cummulative effect on the body. The more Pavel and Z takes hits like these, the less likely they continue to perform at high levels, which will affect their playoff ambitions.

      • hockinj25 - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

        A hit doesn’t get you penalty, fighting does, that’s the problem. They need to keep their heads up and try to not get hit like everybody else. There shouldn’t be an exception that star players can’t get hit.

  3. beelza - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    P.S. Wings teams in the past have deterred cheap shots, with thheir lethal power play and that strategy worked. Now, Wings PP is anemic which provides teams with more incentive to blast Wings stars. Evander Kane is not happy, fans and Sens brass is not happy…Hmmmm. Kane turned out Matt Cook’s light, but that is a loooong shot.

  4. einjzmolf - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    ‘i cant hit da puck no mores so i hit da guy dat hit da puck good’

    -Drew Doughty

  5. ajbaxter1975 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    I think it’s safe to say that Pavel got his cage rattled a bit.

    • dtownbeatdown - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      He scored a minute later so I don’t think he was too rattled.

  6. hockeydon10 - Feb 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    I’ve seen this idea before that Datsyuk doesn’t hit or he shies away from physical contact. Datsyuk doesn’t rattle from physical contact. While he doesn’t throw a lot of hits, when he does they are good hits and they’re effective.He’s not a prima donna star.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      he’s no spring chicken either though

      • hockeydon10 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        What’s your point?

        Players regularly deliver hits and are hit into their 40s.

      • dtownbeatdown - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        No he is no spring chicken but he can still out play all the spring chickens in the league.

  7. dtownbeatdown - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Datsyuk got drilled… then scored a few moments later in the same power play. How can you not love the guy.

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