Jonathan Toews

Toews wins first Selke Trophy


Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has won his first-ever Frank J. Selke trophy as the league’s best defensive forward, beating out Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk — a three-time winner — and last year’s winner, Patrice Bergeron.

The win comes after Toews finished second to Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler for the award in 2011.

“Captain Serious” finished third in the NHL with a plus-28 rating this season and tied for the league lead in takeaways, with 56. He boasted a stellar 59.9 faceoff winning percentage and was a key part of Chicago’s penalty kill, which was the third best during the regular season.

With the win, Toews becomes just the third Chicago forward to win the award, joining Dirk Graham (1990-91) and Troy Murray (1985-86).

Top 10 voting results for 2013 Selke

(1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place votes in parentheses)

1. Jonathan Toews, CHI 1260 (75-51-20-16-5)

2. Patrice Bergeron, BOS 1250 (78-44-24-12-6)

3. Pavel Datsyuk, DET 737 (8-37-58-31-15)

4. Anze Kopitar, L.A. 266 (4-7-19-25-7)

5. David Backes, STL 240 (3-10-12-17-29)

6. Jay McClement, TOR 142 (4-2-7-13-14)

7. Pascal Dupuis, PIT 111 (4-3-5-6-7)

8. Ryan Callahan, NYR 101 (1-3-6-8-16)

9. Derek Stepan, NYR 98 (1-2-5-14-7)

10. Marian Hossa, CHI 78 (1-4-3-4-13)

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal

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Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too:

Still no wins for Penguins, still zero points for Crosby

Sidney Crosby

It’s just three games … it’s just three games … it’s only three games.

That’s the thought that has to run through the heads of many people around the Pittsburgh Penguins, even if other organizations seem to believe they’re going “off the rails” in similar situations.

In falling to the Montreal Canadiens 3-2, the Penguins at least managed a couple goals. One of them even had players grabbing assists.

Still, there’s no denying the headlines to many:

Zero standings points for the Penguins; zero goals and zero assists for Sidney Crosby.


There was some progress, mind you.

Crosby fired four SOG, up from a troubling zero in the first two games. He showed a little frustration with four penalty minutes, too.

The Penguins even reunited Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the power play.

It’s small potatoes for Penguins fans watching Max Pacioretty generate better offense than their entire team … but babysteps, right?