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Datsyuk goes for awards winning streak

Red Wings' center is finalist for Selke Trophy

Wednesday, 06.20.2012 / 2:25 PM ET / News
By Andrea Nelson  - Editorial Assistant | DetroitRedWings.com
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Datsyuk goes for awards winning streak
Pavel Datsyuk will learn tonight whether or not he'll win his fourth Selke Trophy at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas. (Photo by Getty Images)

The Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk will find out tonight if he can keep Detroit’s 11-year award-winning streak by becoming the 34th Frank J. Selke Trophy recipient.

The Wings have had at least one NHL award winner from 2000-11, which is an NHL record. Datsyuk is the only player nominated for a major award from the 2011-12 team.

A win at the NHL Awards Show would be Datsyuk’s fourth Selke, the trophy given annually to the game’s best defensive forward. He has been a Selke finalist for the past five seasons, winning the trophy three times from 2008-10.

A fourth Selke Trophy would tie Datsyuk with Hall of Famer Bob Gainey for the most times capturing the award. Gainey, who spent his entire 16-season NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens, won the Selke from 1978-81 in the first four years of the award’s inception.

With his three Selke wins, Datsyuk joins fellow Russian Sergei Fedorov (1994, 1996) as the only Wings’ forwards to win the Selke more than once. Steve Yzerman (2000) and Kris Draper (2004) also received the award.

A knee injury requiring surgery in February kept Datsyuk out of Detroit’s lineup for 11 games. But despite the injury, he returned to finish the season second on the team in scoring with 67 points. It marked the seventh time in the last eight seasons that he scored at least 65 points.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion also finished first in assists with 48 and returned to the NHL’s top 10 in faceoffs after winning 56.2 percent. It was the eighth consecutive season he finished above 53 percent.

In the league, Datsyuk finished first with 1.38 takeaways per game and third with 97 steals.

After Detroit was eliminated from the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, Datsyuk chased after a different championship playing for Russia in the World Championship in Finland. Datsyuk scored a goal to help propel his country past Slovakia in the finals for his first gold medal.

The Wings’ center is up for the Selke against Boston center Patrice Bergeron and St. Louis forward David Backes.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
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
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80