The battle between Jonathan Toews and Ryan Kesler, two of the best centers in the league, was one of the highlights of the Blackhawks-Vancouver Canucks series.
"The matchup [was] pretty amazing," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Their production [was] probably not reflective of their play."
On Wednesday, Toews, Kesler and the Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk were named the finalists for the Selke Trophy, which goes to the best defensive forward.
Datsyuk could become the first to win the award, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, four consecutive years. But Kesler, a finalist for the third year in a row, is considered the favorite.
"It's been a good battle," Toews, a first-time Selke finalist, said before Game 7. "Obviously, he's a good offensive player, and he's been playing smart defensively. He's been good with his stick and making sure he's taking away some of those opportunities."
Toews, Canucks' Kesler now battling for Selke
Chicago Sun-Times | Apr 28