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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
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10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
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P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80