Patrick Kane's Shootout Move: "Anything Datsyuk Can Do, I Can Do Better"

Written by Mike Salerno on .

Okay, maybe anything but backcheck.

The final game of the regular season for both the Blackhawks and Red Wings came down to the shootout this afternoon, and two of the premiere talents in the skills competition put their craftiness on full display.

The two players, who are arguably the most exciting shootout performers in the league, led off for their respective teams with nothing really left to be decided. The Wings' third-period rally from two goals down to force overtime gave them the tiebreaker over Chicago and solidified them in the fifth spot in the Western Conference.

Detroit will take on Nashville in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, while the Hawks await the outcome of a pair of games tonight to determine which west-coast city they'll be travelling for game one of their series next week.

Each player has put their stamp on any highlight reel showcasing the best shootout goals of the season, from Kane's million-move goal in Minnesota to Datsyuk's well, Datsyukian deke.

Today, Datsyuk added a new wrinkle to his arsenal, have a look for yourself:

The rare miss afforded Kane, Chicago's own shootout specialist and part-time superhero, a chance to one-up the flashy Datsyuk. He didn't disappoint:

Kane skated back to the bench with a wry smile, knowing full well he almost lost the puck as he put it back between his legs. That turned out to be the only goal of the shootout as the Blackhawks went on to win 3-2.

Say what you will about the shootout as a tiebreaker in the NHL, but when you've got guys like Datsyuk and Kane flaunting their talents in a one-on-one situation, it makes for must-see television.

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