For the second straight year, Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron and Anze Kopitar have been named finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game."
The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards Show on June 24.
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Toews previously won the award back in 2013 and was named a finalist in 2011 as well. Bergeron won the honors in 2012 and 2014.
The Blackhawks captain completed the regular season with a career-high plus-30 rating, finishing fifth in the league. He led the Blackhawks with 66 points and 28 goals and ranked second on the team with 38 assists in 81 regular-season games. Toews also ranked sixth in the NHL with 45 takeaways and won 947 faceoffs this season.
Kopitar led all Los Angeles Kings forwards in time on ice/game and led his team in faceoff wins, while Bergeron led the NHL in faceoff wins with 1,175.
DENVER – Vinnie Hinostroza scored twice in the third period as the Blackhawks overcame a lousy second period to beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Tuesday night.
Tanner Kero had two goals and an assist and Nick Schmaltz had a goal and an assist. Marian Hossa recorded his 600th and 601st career assists.
The Blackhawks trailed 4-3 heading into the third period. Hinostroza became a one-man show, scoring on a breakaway to tie it 4-4 and then scoring again 3:01 later for a 5-4 Blackhawks lead.
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Looking for a scoring spark, the Blackhawks altered their lines (except for the second one) entering tonight’s game. In the first period it looked like it worked for the fourth line. Schmaltz got his second goal of the season for a 1-0 lead. Matt Duchene tied it 1-1 before Brent Seabrook put the Blackhawks back up 2-1.
But midway through the second period things got very ugly for the Blackhawks. Blake Comeau scored off a Blackhawks turnover at the blue line to tie it 2-2 and just 63 seconds later Matt Nieto, following a Blackhawks failed clearing attempt, put the Avs up 3-2. Kero’s goal just 19 seconds after Nieto’s reversed momentum and tied the game 3-3. But about four minutes later Matt Duchene scored his second of the night for a 4-3 Avalanche lead.
Kero added his second goal, an empty netter, with 10.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
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