Datsyuk named finalist for Selke Trophy

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk has been named one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy, awarded each year to the NHL's best defensive forward.

He'll compete with Boston's Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews of Chicago for the honor.

Datsyuk has been a finalist for the Selke Trophy in each of the last six seasons, winning the award three times.

Datsyuk's all-around game helped the Red Wings place fifth in the NHL in team defense (2.29 goals-against per game) -- their stingiest performance since the 2007-08 Stanley Cup championship season.

Datsyuk tied for the League lead in takeaways (56), topped the Red Wings in plus-minus (+21) and posted a 55.0% face-off winning percentage (488-399).

The three-time Selke winner is a finalist for the sixth consecutive year, surpassing the streaks of Montreal's Guy Carbonneau (1986 through 1990) and Bob Gainey (1978 through 1982) as the longest since the award was introduced in 1978.

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