Ranking the Top 5 Goals from Week 6 of the 2013-14 NHL Season
The beauty and artistry that may be the best part of NHL hockey was on display again last week.
While Tomas Hertl's between-the-legs beauty for the San Jose Sharks Oct. 8 may still be at the top of the ladder, that sensational goal got a couple of major challenges this week.
Actually, the two best goals of the week came in the same game and were minutes apart when the Detroit Red Wings hosted the Dallas Stars Nov. 7.
We'll look at those two as part of our top five goals-of-the-week feature, as well as three other beauties.
5. Clarke MacArthur Finishes the Job for Senators
The Ottawa Senators were looking for their sixth victory of the year when they traveled to Columbus to face the feisty Blue Jackets Nov. 5.
The Sens came out roaring and took a quick 1-0 lead in the first period. However, they were not satisfied, and they kept buzzing around Columbus goalie Curtis McElhinney.
In the final seconds of the period, Clarke MacArthur positioned himself to take his left-handed shot from the right faceoff circle. After Bobby Ryan took a hard shot from the slot, he followed his own rebound and made a slick pass to MacArthur.
The former Toronto Maple Leaf made no mistake and wristed his shot into the back of the net, giving the Sens a 2-0 lead. They were never threatened and finished with a 4-1 victory.
4. Cammalleri Cashes in on Giguere
The Calgary Flames had a tough assignment when they traveled to Colorado to take on the high-flying Avalanche Nov. 8.
The Flames were playing hard, but were trailing 3-1 midway through the second period. As they worked the puck in the Colorado zone, Mikael Backlund had control of the puck near the blue line and passed to Jiri Hudler down low.
Colorado goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere could not read Hudler, and he did not know if the slick playmaker would shoot the puck or pass it to Mike Cammalleri.
Hudler chose the latter option and delivered a crisp pass onto Cammalleri's stick; Cammalleri wasted no time in wristing the puck into the net to cut the Avalanche lead to 3-2.
Colorado would end up winning the game 4-2, but Cammalleri's goal was an example of brilliant passing with a solid finish.
3. Duchene's Speed Pays off
The Colorado Avalanche were in an unfamiliar position when they hosted the Nashville Predators Nov. 6.
The Avs were losing the game 4-3 in the third period, and Matt Duchene decided he wanted none of it.
The speedy center picked off a pass in his own defensive zone and turned on the jets. He went up the ice and outfooted the Nashville defense.
He got in alone on Nashville goalie Carter Hutton. As he got within range of the Predator netminder, Duchene made one quick move and whipped the puck into the net for the tying goal.
The Preds would shake off that Duchene marker and score the final two goals of the game for a 6-4 road victory.
2. Jamie Benn Does It by Himself
Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars were playing well in Detroit against the Red Wings, but they found themselves trailing 2-1 early in the third period Nov. 7.
Benn retrieved the puck in his own territory, started weaving his way up the left side of the ice and made his way through the Red Wings defense. As he got into the offensive zone, he cut across the middle of the ice and found himself one-on-one with Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.
At no time during the rush did Benn increase his speed. He maintained a steady pace throughout, and when he was in front of Howard, he pulled the puck to his backhand and let go of a shot without breaking stride.
The puck made its way under Howard and the Stars tied the game. They would eventually win it in overtime.
As good as that goal was, it was not the best goal of that game.
That honor went to...
1. Datsyuk with a Classic
...the incomparable Pavel Datsyuk.
Few players in recent memory can create highlight-film goals like Datsyuk.
Shortly after Benn tied the game with his own beauty (see Slide 4), Datsyuk performed his own artistry.
First he did some magnificent stick-handling that allowed the Red Wings to maintain possession of the puck in the Dallas Stars' zone in the third period.
Detroit defenseman Jakub Kindl eventually passed the puck into the corner to Henrik Zetterberg. The Detroit center saw Datsyuk cruising in the middle of the slot and put a pass right on his tape. Datsyuk made a Datsyukian deke that corkscrewed Shawn Horcoff into the ice.
Datsyuk then whipped a deft wrister past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen. The Stars' netminder had no chance.
Despite Datsyuk's classic move, the Stars rebounded and won the game 4-3 in overtime.