NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Another spring, another trip to Las Vegas for Jonathan Toews.
Toews was named one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy, awarded to the league’s top defensive forward, for the fourth time in five seasons. He’s joined by Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar — the same three finalists from last season, when Bergeron won.
Toews was second in 2011, won it in 2013, and was third in 2014.
Toews spent most of the season lined up against the best opponents had to offer, helping the Hawks tie the Montreal Candiens for the fewest goals allowed in the NHL. He led the Western Conference with a career-best plus-30 rating, ranked sixth in faceoff percentage (56.5) and led all Hawks forwards in ice time.
The Professional Hockey Writers Association votes on the award.
Scott Darling has stopped 127 of 131 shots in this series. Every day, someone asks Joel Quenneville or the players if they’re surprised by the rookie’s remarkable playoff run. And nobody seems to be.
“Not really, to be honest with you,” Duncan Keith said. “I remember from training camp just being so impressed by how he played. Couldn’t even score on him in practice. I remember going to Saskatoon early on in the season and he made great save after great save there. Since Day 1 I’ve seen him this year, I’ve been impressed with him. You hear the story behind him and I think that shows a lot of character in him. Now that he’s in this position, he definitely appreciates it. You can see that in his face and just the way he carries himself.”
Mr. Big Shot
Jonathan Toews wasn’t surprised that Brent Seabrook scored the game-winner in the third overtime of Game 4. It was Seabrook’s ninth overtime goal, and third in the playoffs.
“Some guys just have that feeling that when the puck lands on their stick they’re going to get lucky somehow, they’re going to score a big goal for our team,” Toews said. “He’s a guy we’ve looked to quite a bit for that when we’re just waiting for the game to be over in a way. He’s been there quite a few times to relieve us late in games like that.”