Pavel Datsyuk.The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a time for every player to step up. Thus far, no one has stepped up more than Detroit’s
Datsyuk has been the star of the first week of the playoffs. He put on a show for a national television audience on Saturday by scoring a goal and setting up the other three in Detroit’s 4-3 win against Phoenix in Game 2 of their first-round series. In addition to making the most spectacular offensive move of the playoffs so far (a between-the-legs shot that wound up as an assist when Darren Helm converted the rebound), Datsyuk also won 16 of 20 faceoffs and did about all that one man can do to win a game.