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No surprise: Datsyuk is Selke finalist

Wings' center can be first four-time winner since Bob Gainey

Wednesday, 04.27.2011 / 11:59 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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No surprise: Datsyuk is Selke finalist
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DETROIT – Though he played in 25 fewer games this season than he’d averaged the previous three seasons, Pavel Datsyuk is still widely considered to be one of the top defensive forwards in the game.

That speaks volumes for a guy who has been awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy three years running when he only missed a combined three games.

On Wednesday, the NHL announced the finalists for this year’s Selke, and it was no real surprise that the Wings’ center topped the list. The Russian superstar is joined by a pair of fellow centers: Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler and Chicago’s Jonathan Toews. Kesler finished as a Selke runner-up to Datsyuk last season.

If Datsyuk should again win the Selke – which will be announced at the NHL Award Show in Las Vegas on June 22 – he’ll become the first player to win four years in a row since Montreal’s Bob Gainey did so, beginning with the inaugural presentation in 1978.

Between 2006-07 and 2009-10, Datsyuk was the only player to finish each season among the league’s top five in takeaways. He was first in three of the seasons, with 2008-09 being the lone exception when he was second to Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin by five steals.

This season, injuries kept Datsyuk out of the Wings’ lineup for stretches, limiting the puck thief to 71, which landed him 11th in the NHL category, behind Toews (93), but in front of Kesler (65).

Datsyuk still finished third on the Wings in scoring with 23 goals and 36 assists, behind Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom. Datsyuk posted a +11-rating and led the team with a 54.6 percent face-off winning percentage, the seventh straight season that he has been above 53 percent in the circle.

Kesler was also third on the Canucks in scoring – behind the Sedin twins – with 41 goals (career-high) and 32 assists. Meanwhile, Toews led the Blackhawks in scoring for the first time in his career with 32 goals and 44 assists.

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STANDINGS

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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