-- During the Red Wings' extended stretch of unusual off days in-between playoff rounds, Sports Illustrated staff writer Brian Cazeneuve spent a few days at Joe Louis Arena to get a better understanding of Pavel Datsyuk
Cazeneuve's feature appears in this week's SI, which hits newsstands on April 27.
In 1998, when he was 19, Pavel Datsyuk
was certain his Dynamo Moscow teammates were kidding when they told him he’d been drafted into the NHL. He recalls, “They showed me the newspaper two days later. And I thought, ‘OK, printing mistake.’ ”
Thirteen years later Datsyuk’s dazzling all-around game is the key to the Red Wings’ quest for another Stanley Cup. Says Montreal Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill, who was often assigned to cover Datsyuk during the finals in 2008 and ’09, when Gill played for the Penguins: “It seems like you’re never really playing against him; you’re playing against his shadow. You try to keep him from the net, and the next thing you know he pops out the other side.”
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