Boston Bruins star Patrice Bergeron is again a finalist for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL's top defensive forward.
Vegas Golden Knights winger Mark Stone and St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly are the other two Selke finalists. Stone is hoping to become the first winger to win this award since Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars in 2002-03. All NHL award winners will be revealed June 19.
This is the eighth consecutive season in which the Bruins center has been named a finalist for the Selke Trophy. Bergeron has won the award four times (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017), and a fifth victory would move him ahead of Montreal Canadiens legend Bob Gainey for the most all-time.
Here's a breakdown of Bergeron's notable stats from a team press release:
Bergeron, who served as alternate captain for the Bruins for the 13th straight season in 2018-19 and played in his 1,000th NHL game on February 5 against the New York Islanders, recorded 32 goals and 47 assists for 79 points with 30 penalty minutes and a plus-23 rating in 65 games this year. He ranked sixth in the league in faceoff win percentage (56.6, min. 1,000 faceoffs), second in offensive-zone faceoff percentage (59.7), fifth in power play faceoff wins (162) and 13th in faceoff wins (786). The 33-year-old forward also ranked first on the Bruins in shorthanded goals (4) and was tied with Brad Marchand for shorthanded points (7). He was ranked first overall in the team puck possession metric SAT (shot attempts differential), with a 56.73% (min. 30 games played).
Bergeron and the Bruins resume their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs with Game 4 on Wednesday night. The Leafs lead the series 2-1.
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