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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Datsyuk beats out Staal, Kesler

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward for the third straight year.

Selke was honored Wednesday as part of the league's award ceremony. He beat the Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler and Pittsburgh Penguins' Jordan Staal, the other Selke finalists.

Datsyuk is the first player to win it three years in a row since the Montreal Canadiens' Bob Gainey captured the award four straight times from 1978-81.

Datsyuk had 132 takeaways, leading the league for the third time in four seasons.

Kesler was second in the league with 83 takeaways. He won 55 percent of his faceoffs, averaged nearly 20 minutes of ice time per game -- a career high -- had 95 hits and 73 blocked shots.

Staal was a first-time Selke finalist.