The Detroit Red Wings have fallen short of joining the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers in having a player represent them on the cover of one of the big sports video game franchises. Justin Verlander of the Tigers is on the cover of MLB 2K12, while Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson will grace the cover of EA's Madden NFL 13.
Pavel Datsyuk advanced all the way to the quarterfinals in the NHL 13 cover vote (another game from EA), but according to the Red Wings' official Twitter account, he did not make it past his opponent, New York Islanders forward John Tavares. Coming into this matchup, Datsyuk had bested T.J. Oshie, and this is considered an upset, given Datsyuk's No. 1 seeding.
Tavares, seeded No. 5, will go on to face Pekka Rinne in the semifinals, and the winner of that will take on the winner of Evgeni Malkin vs. Claude Giroux in the finals. It was a good run for Datsyuk, but one has to feel that he matched up well with the other three remaining.