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Norris Trophy Bid: Lubomir Visnovsky is the NHL'S Top Defensive Scorer in 2010-11

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
In 2010-11, Lubomir Visnovsky led all NHL defensemen in scoring (68), assists (50) and points-per-game (.84). He also ranked second among defensemen in goals (18), tied for second in overtime goals (2) and third in game-winning goals (4). He is the second player in club history to lead all NHL defensemen in scoring (Scott Niedermayer did so in 2006-07).

With an assist on Apr. 9 at Los Angeles, Visnovsky established a new career high for points in a season with 18-50=58 (he scored 17-50=67 in 2005-06 with Los Angeles). He matched his career high in goals on Apr. 4 vs. Dallas (18 - also 2006-07 with Los Angeles) and matched his career best in assists on Apr. 9 at Los Angeles (had 50 in 2005-06). In addition, Visnovsky’s +18 rating set a career best (finished the 2000-01 season a +16 with Los Angeles).

Visnovsky set a new club record for goals by a defenseman in a single season with his 17th on Apr. 2 @ SJ (previous record was 16 by Fredrik Olausson in 1998-99). His 68 points in 2010-11 were one point shy of Scott Niedermayer’s franchise record for points by a defenseman in a single campaign (15-54=69 in 2006-07).

Visnovsky completed the 2010-11 season with points in six of his last seven games (3-4=7), nine of 11 (4-7=11, +9) and 13 of 16 (6-11=17, +13).

He became the first defenseman in Ducks history to record a hat trick on Mar. 4 vs. Dallas. He also scored the OT goal (second of the season, third career) with just 3.8 seconds left in the extra frame in the 4-3 win. Visnovsky’s 3-1=4 points that night were a career high and his hat trick marked the second of his career (also Nov. 2, 2005 with Los Angeles at Dallas). He was one of five NHL defensemen to score a hat trick this season (also Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit, Zdeno Chara of Boston, P.K. Subban of Montreal and Ed Jovanovski of Phoenix).

In March, Visnovsky earned 7-11=18 points with a +13 rating. He led all defensemen in goals and points. He also co-led all NHL players in plus/minus (Marc-Edouard Vlasic of San Jose was also +13). 

Visnovsky set a career high and tied the club record with a +5 rating in a 5-2 Ducks win, Mar. 9 vs. NYR.

He had five goals over three games (5-2=7, +6 rating) from Mar. 4-9, becoming the first Ducks defenseman all-time to accomplish the feat.
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