It was as lopsided a result as Games 3, 4, 6 and 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, only this time there was a better ending for Ryan Kesler.

The Vancouver Canuck centre just didn't win the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the National Hockey League's top defensive forward, he absolutely obliterated fellow finalists Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wing Pavel Datsyuk.

Kesler received 105 of the 127 first-place votes. He was named on 126 ballots and collected 1,179 points. Toews had 476, while Datsyuk finished third with 348. There was no need for a recount.

"I guess all those years my dad was yelling back-check at me finally paid off," Kesler said shortly after receiving the trophy at the annual NHL Awards ceremony at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.

Kesler won the award on his third trip as a Selke finalist. He had finished third two years ago and was runner-up last year to Datsyuk, who had won the award the past three years.

Kesler's defensive play helped the Canucks post the lowest goals-against average in the NHL (2.20) for the first time in franchise history. He led all NHL forwards with 80 blocked shots and won 859 of 1,496 faceoffs for a career-high percentage of 57.4.

While he was often out against the opposition's top line, Kesler also flourished offensively this past season when he scored a career-high 41 goals.

"I came here thinking I am just going to have fun and whatever happens happens," Kesler said. "It's a great honour. I can't really put it into words. To win when you are going up against two of the top forwards in the league is pretty special.