10 Best Plays from the Second Week of the 2013 NHL Season (Video)

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IFebruary 4, 2013

Jan. 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA;  Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek (26) looks for the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the NFL season is over following Super Bowl XLVII, sports fans who want to witness amazing plays and extraordinary physical feats should look no further than the NHL.

The second week of the 2013 season gave fans at every arena in the league plenty of jaw-dropping, highlight-reel plays to enjoy.

Let's look at the best goals, passes, saves, hits and fights from the last week.



Nathan Horton, Boston Bruins

This is why the Boston Bruins are happy to have top-line winger Nathan Horton healthy and back in the lineup this season.

He makes a highlight-reel move to get past two good defensive players in Jordan Staal and Tim Gleason before scoring on Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward with a beautiful top-shelf wrist shot.


Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins

One of the few positive moments for the Boston Bruins in their 7-4 defeat to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night was this beautiful goal by Brad Marchand. He goes around Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers with a great move and finishes with a backhand shot past Ryan Miller.


Rick Nash, New York Rangers

This is a power forward's goal. Rangers star Rick Nash uses his size and strength brilliantly to get to the net and score on Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback.



Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres

Thomas Vanek usually dominates the Bruins, and Thursday's game was no exception. He scored a hat trick and added two assists, one of which was quite amazing.


Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

Ducks fans are hoping that they see more passes like this for many years, because Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are one of the best scoring duos in the NHL. Both stars are free agents in the summer unless they re-sign with Anaheim before July 5.



Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars

The Columbus Blue Jackets already started celebrating before learning that Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen made an unbelievable save to keep the game scoreless. This is definitely a Save of the Year candidate.


Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators

Craig Anderson robs Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust of a great scoring opportunity with a spectacular save. Anderson has arguably been the league's best goaltender in the first two weeks of the season.



Keith Ballard, Vancouver Canucks

This is the kind of defense that Canucks fans expected from veteran defenseman Keith Ballard when he was acquired from the Florida Panthers via trade in 2010.


Ryane Clowe, San Jose Sharks

The Sharks have greatly benefited from veteran forward Ryane Clowe's physical play this season. Even though he can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, don't expect San Jose to trade Clowe, because his toughness, leadership and penalty killing are important to the team's success.


Best Fight

Jordin Tootoo (Detroit Red Wings) and Brenden Dillon (Dallas Stars)

John Scott's defeat of Shawn Thornton was the most convincing fight victory of last week, but the bout between Brenden Dillon and Jordin Tootoo was more entertaining. Both of these men threw a ton of punches and showed great stamina throughout the fight.


Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.


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