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Datsyuk wins third straight Selke

Wednesday, 06.23.2010 / 2:56 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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DETROIT -- For the third straight year, Pavel Datsyuk left the NHL Awards Show with the Frank Selke Trophy, which he received Wednesday at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.

Datsyuk drew laughs from those gathered in the Pearl Theater when he went on stage to collect the award as the league's top defensive forward, and in broken English thanked his supporters.

“I want to thank you to the Ilitch family for believing in me. I want to thank you to management for paying me,” he said. “I wish it never stops.”

Datsyuk is only the second player in league history to win the Selke at least three times, and the first since Montreal Canadiens forward Bob Gainey claimed four straight, including the inaugural award in 1978.

Datsyuk was also nominated for a fifth straight Lady Byng Trophy for his sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. But his streak was stopped at four when Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis took the Lady Byng home.

Former New York Rangers center Frank Boucher holds the record for most Lady Byng awards, winning it seven times, including four straight (1928-31) in a 14-season NHL career. Legendary Wayne Gretzky won five Byng trophies, doing so with three different teams between 1980 and 1999.

If Datsyuk had won the Lady Byng on Wednesday, we would have joined an incredibly small class with legends Bobby Orr and Gretzky as the only players ever to take home at least two prizes for three straight years. Gretzky was a Ross and Hart recipient seven consecutive times from 1981-87, and Orr captured the Norris and Hart trophies between 1970-72.

It’s no surprise that Datsyuk has become a regular at the league’s annual post-season award show. For six straight seasons, he has led the Red Wings in scoring, totaling 175 goals and 506 points in 472 regular-season games.

And the category that best lends itself to the Selke is takeaways, something Datsyuk has turned into an art form. Over the last four seasons, he is the only player to finish each season among the league’s top five puck thieves.

Again this season, Datsyuk led the league with 132 takeaways – 49 more than Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, who finished second in the category. Kesler, a Livonia, Mich., native, and Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal were also Selke finalists.

Datsyuk received 37 first-place Selke votes and was named on 99 of 133 ballots for a total of 688 points, edging Kesler (36 first-place votes, 655 points) in the closest race of 2009-10 NHL Awards voting.

Legendary Red Wing Ted Lindsay was at the Pearl Theater to present the newly renamed MVP award in his honor by the National Hockey League Players’ Association, which he was so instrumental in establishing more than 50 years ago.

But being live TV mistakes happen, which was the case during Alexander Ovechkin's acceptance speech when the show transitioned into the introduction of comedian Reese Waters. Eventually, Ovechkin was given time to finish, but not before a few uncomfortable seconds elapsed and Lindsay and co-presenter, CBC's Ron MacLean, had already walked off the stage.



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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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