Pavel Datsyuk could be world's best 

May, 12, 2011

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If the Detroit Red Wings accomplish Thursday night what just three teams in NHL history have achieved before -- winning a best-of-seven series they had trailed 3-0 -- it just may be because they have the best player in the world on their side.

Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.