Classic duels do it for me.
Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker. Sitting Bull vs. Col. Custer. Tiger vs. His Bazillion Mistresses. You know, real passionate tete a tetes.
But no battle quite does it for me more than two goalies trying to out-goalie each other.
Such a (nerdalicious) treat was in store for me on Friday night between Detroit's Jimmy Howard and Edmonton rookie Devan Dubnyk.
Dubie stopped 42; Howie blocked 26. And while the Wings won 2-1 in OT, the real winners were the netminders.
In the above game highlight video: Especially check out Jimmy's twofer effort at 2:20 and one-timer save at 5:00.
Given the final outcome, Stop da Puck thinks Howard wins this battle. Even so, we look forward to seeing over the coming seasons who will win this Western conference goalie war.