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Reds’ Votto received 2010 Lou Marsh Award during Toronto series

Joey Votto heads to dugout after receiving Lou Marsh Award (megasportsnews.com photo)

In on-the-field ceremonies prior to Saturday night’s game against his boyhood team, the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto received the Lou Marsh Award as the 2010 Canadian Athlete of the Year.

The award is given annually to recognize Canada’s most outstanding athlete across all sports and was named in honor of Lou Marsh, a prominent athlete, referee and former sports editor of the Toronto Star at the turn of the 20th century.

The 2010 National League MVP, Votto hit .324 with 37 home runs, 113 RBI’s and 16 stolen bases in leading the Reds to the Central Division championship. The left-handed hitting all-star ranked among the league’s Top 3 in 11 statistical categories, in the Top 5 in 15 categories and among the Top 8 in 18 categories.

He led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.424) and hitting on the road (.349) and led the NL in slugging percentage (.600), hitting vs. right-handed pitching (.347), RBI ratio (4.8 at bats) and OPS (1.024). Among the NL batters in the prestigious Triple Crown categories he ranked second in hitting and third in both homers and RBI’s.

The National League and Sporting News All-Star received the Hank Aaron Award as the NL’s best hitter, the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds MVP and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award while being named Ontario Sports Legend Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year, QMI Agency Canadian Male Athlete of the Year, George Gross/Toronto Sun Sportsperson of the Year and Postmedia News Canadian Male Athlete of the Year.

Votto was ranked #1 in the Toronto Sun’s 2010 list of influential Canadian’s in baseball.

Only three Canadian-born baseball players have ever won the Lou Marsh Award, Votto, Larry Walker in 1998 and Ferguson Jenkins in 1974.

Other Marsh Award winners include: Sidney Crosby of hockey in 2007, 2009; Chantal Petitclerc of wheelchair racing in 2008; Cindy Klassen, speed skater in 2006; Steve Nash of basketball in 2005; Mario Lemieux of hockey in 1993 and Wayne Gretzky, who has won it a record four times.

 

Crosby points streak hits 25 as Pittsburgh doubles-up Thrashers, 6-3

Sidney Crosby (file photo)

Sidney Crosby scored twice during a four-point night to extend his points streak to 25 games, as Pittsburgh won for the 16th time in 19 games.

Crosby has the longest points streak in the NHL since Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux’s 28-game run to begin the 1995-96 season.

Crosby is the NHL scoring leader with 26 goals and 23 assists during his streak and overall on the season, 32 goals and 33 assists. He has at least one goal in five consecutive games.

Wayne Gretzky (1990-91), Bryan Trottier (1981-82), Brett Hull (1991-92) and Bernie Nicholls (1984-85) also had 25-game streaks. The NHL record is Gretzky’s 51-game run in 1983-84. Lemieux had a team-record 46-game streak in 1989-90.

compiled from staff, NHL & Pittsburgh Penguins

Washington edges Blue Jackets 3-2 for 51st win

Columbus, Ohio–Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green summed up the truth following Saturday night’s game against the Blue Jackets. “We know we only played 40 minutes tonight when we need to play 60. It is wasn’t for Jose (Theodore), it would have been a lot different game.”

A team like Washington with a potent offense which is the best in the NHL, can get away with a game like that every now and then. However, their defense can be porous at times but with a shut-down goalie like Jose Theodore, the Capitals can play defense when they have to.

Goalie Jose Theodore (WASH)

Alexander Semin, Tomas Fleischmann and Mike Green scored first-period goals and that was enough for Jose Theodore as Washington beat Columbus 3-2 before 16,957 at Nationwide Arena.

Theodore had 34 saves and improved to 18-0-3 with a goals-against-average under 2.70 since January 13, extending his own Capitals record for decisions without a regulation loss.

Washington set a franchise record with its 51st win of the season. The win also moved them closer to clinching the President’s Trophy for the best NHL record. They only need one more win or a loss by San Jose to grab the trophy for the first time in its history and have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Capitals also continued to add to their franchise record for points in a season to 114 and set a new record for wins on the road, 23.

The Blue Jackets provided some excitement last night, just not enough to win. Antione Vermette scored two goals and Rick Nash added two assists.

The key play in the game for Columbus came early in the 3rd period and trailing 3-2, they had a 5-on-3 power play for 1:30 and a chance to tie and or go ahead and they couldn’t generate any shots.

SOUNDS OF THE GAME FROM THE POSTGAME LOCKER ROOM (to listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 718 Tomas Fleishmann Washington Capitals Center Got an early lead and hung on

44 721 Alex Ovechkin Washington LW His thoughts on win number 51

44 722 Alex Ovechkin It was nice to see goalie Jose Theodore bounce back and save the game

44 728 Claude Noel Columbus Not scoring on the 5-on-3 was the key to losing

44 736 Claude Noel How does he approach this last week with his interim tag
GAME NOTES

* Columbus Right Wing Derek Dorsett played in his 100th NHL game.

* Scoring just one goal in his last six games, Alex Ovechkin remains stuck at 133 career goals at home and 133 on the road. He didn’t muster a shot in the first two periods and finished with two total.

* The Blue Jackets are now 4-5-3 all-time against Washington overall and 2-3-2 at Nationwide Arena.

* Nicklas Backstrom, who had 36 goals in his first two seasons combined, scored his 30th goal of the year Thursday night. Backstrom is the first Capitals center in 20 years to record 30 goals, since Mike Ridley (1989-90).

* Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are the only players in the NHL with at least 30 goals and 50 assists.

* The Capitals are 9-1-1 in April in three seasons under head coach Bruce Boudreau.

* Washington owns the NHL”s best record at home, 28-5-5. The Capitals have hosted sellouts for all 38 home games and a club-record 45 games in a row dating back to last season (53 games including playoffs).

* The Caps have a chance to lead the league in power play percentage for the first time and their 25.6% success rate would break last year’s record of 25.2%.

* The Capitals have seven 20-point scorers, the most of any team in the league.

* Washington has four of the top 20 scorers in the league in Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Alexander Semin. Last year that group made the Capitals the first team since the 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins to have its top four scorers all average more than a point per game and they are on pace to repeat that feat.

* Alex Ovechkin hit the 100-point mark last Sunday, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Peter Statsny and Dale Hawerchuk as the only players to do so four times in their first five NHL seasons. Ovechkin has four of the six 100-point seasons in Capitals history. Ovechkin is second in the NHL in points (102) and goals (46), while ranking first in plus/minus (+43), shots (348), points per game (1.52) and goals per game (0.69).

* Mike Green’s assist Thursday gave him 73 points, matching his career high first set last year. He has the most points by a defenseman in consecutive seasons (146) since a trio of Hall of Famers in 1992-93 and ’93-94 (Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey and Larry Murphy). His goal Tuesday night gave him his third straight year with at least 18 goals, a first for an NHL defenseman since Sergei Gonchar when he was a Capital from 2001-2003. The last non-Caps defenseman to do so was Ray Bourque (1992-94).

Green is enjoying his second straight 70-point season, making him just the 13th defenseman all-time to post 70 or more points in consecutive seasons (joining Bourque, Paul Coffey, Brian Leetch, Al MacInnis, Denis Potvin, Phil Housley, Bobby Orr, Larry Murphy, Nicklaus Lidstrom, Borje Salming, Gary Suter and Randy Carlyle. He’s the seventh to do so before turning 25th (the other six are in the Hall of Fame). Green, Lidstrom and Chris Chelios are the only active defensemen with a single 70-point season.

Teemu Selanne, newest member of the 600 goals club

compiled from staff and wire reports

Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne, Sunday night became the 18th player in National Hockey League history to score 600 goals, reaching the milestone Sunday night in the Ducks 5-2 victory over Colorado.

He joins only two other European-born players in the 600-goal club: Finnish countryman Jari Kurri (601) and the Czech Republic’s Jaromir Jagr (646).

The 39-year-old Selanne is the fourth player to reach the milestone in the last four seasons, along with Jagr, Brendan Shanahan and Joe Sakic.

Teemu scored 34 seconds into the second period, into a wide-open net during a power play with goalie Craig Anderson out of position after a furious scramble in front of the crease. Anderson became the 133rd goalie that Selanne has scored against in the regular season. His first NHL goal came against San Jose’s Jeff Hackett on October 8, 1992.

Selanne says he remembers it well, “It was at the Cow Palace against the Sharks.”

Ducks star Teemu Selanne (Anaheim)

Selanne also made history as far as assists go. He assisted on a power-play goal by Ryan Getzlaf, the 648th assist of Teemu’s career and the second-lowest total among players who have scored 600 goals. Bobby Hull had 560 assists, but son Brett finished his career with 650.

Selanne also played on the winning team when scored his 100th, 200th, 300th and 400th NHL goals. But Anaheim lost at Colorado, 3-2 in a shootout when he scored his 500th goal on November 22, 2006.

Selanne came on the NHL scene with the Winnipeg Jets, now the Phoenix Coyotes, after being selected with the 10th overall pick in the 1988 draft. Teemu finished his rookie year with 76 goals, tying Alexander Mogilny for the league Lead.

In addition to shattering Mike Bossy’s previous rookie record of 63 goals,Selanne had 110 points to break Peter Statsny’s rookie record and ran away with the Calder Cup Trophy. The 10-time All-Star was the recipient of the first two Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophies as the NHL’s top goal scorer in 1997-98 (52) and 1998-99 (47) and won his first Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.

Mario Lemieux, Luc Robitaille and Teemu Selanne are the only NHL players to score 600 goals after winning the Calder Cup as rookie of the year. Luc Robitaille also reached the 600 goal milestone at Anaheim while playing for Detroit on November 9, 2001.