COLORADO AVALANCHE @ DETROIT RED WINGS
7:00 -- Joe Louis Arena
Avs: 23-12-6 (52 points), 3rd in West | Wings: 19-14-6 (44 points), 10th in West
Avalanche blog of choice:
I started the "Top Five" decade splurge a few weeks ago with the intent of doing many. I only finished two of them.
Here are some random #1's that didn't find homes on complete lists.
TOP ASSIST: PAVEL DATSYUK'S FOOT
I honestly wanted to do a Top Five assists list. I have no idea how hard that would have been. Probably would've taken three whole days.
This had to the top one for me though because it actually made me say the words, "Oh that silly Pavel" out loud -- and I was watching the game by myself.
TOP AWESOME GOAL: THE DATSYUKIAN DEKE
1) It's not even in a shootout, and it's the best deke I've ever seen. He did this during a real game.
2) It's now his signature move. How awesome is that? To be good enough in the sport's top league to have your very own move.
FUNNIEST MOMENT EVER OF THE DECADE EVER. EVER.
God I miss Franzen.
FUNNIEST MOMENT EVER OF THE DECADE EVER. EVER. (TIE)
TOP NIKLAS KRONWALL MOMENT THAT MADE YOU THINK HE MIGHT BE A DESCENDANT OF A TRAIN
Because Havlat is okay, it's alright for us to make light of this (that's how this works, right?). And in making light of a horrifically violent collision, I still get a kick out of the Blackhawks being so overcome with rage that they try to get revenge by nearly chopping poor Marty up with their skates. This is most evident from the 0:10 mark to the 0:20 mark, in which Havlat would have been fearing for his life if he weren't already a corpse.
TOP WORST SHOCKING LOSS: 2006 FIRST ROUND
Even in a decade in which the Wings won two Cups, there were plenty of disappointing moments as well. The Kings ... the Ducks ... the Flames .... I found this one to be the most upsetting out of all the upsets.
58 regular season wins. Yzerman's final year. Manny Legace's face.
Yeah, I'm sure you watched that video.
TOP MOMENT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HOCKEY: MAGGLIO'S WALK OFF
The MLB are a bunch of tools. How do you put a halt to waning interest among young people? Keep all highlights off Youtube, of course. Whatever ... I tracked it down.
TOP MOMENT FROM A GAME THAT WE PRETEND DIDN'T HAPPEN: BRIAN RAFALSKI'S GO-AHEAD GOAL IN "GAME 5"
I was more naturally high on bliss and child-like happiness (Okay there was a smidgen of angel dust too) after this goal than .... well, maybe anything ever. They played like balls for the first 20 minutes, and then for the next 39:26 they played like the balls. Two totally different things, people.
I'll remember this goal for the sappy memory of watching it with my two BFFs, and us awkwardly trying to stay just friends as we mauled each other in celebration. To this day I'm not sure if we succeeded or not.
TOP ASS CHEEK CLINCHER
TOP GAME OF THE DECADE: 2002 FINALS, GAME 3
Read in greater detail here.
TOP MOMENT OF THE DECADE:
In a memorable decade, this is still an easy choice for me. Cue the leprechaun music.