Dallas Stars: Brian Campbell

Lady Byng finalists

April, 23, 2012
Dallas Stars forward Loui Eriksson should have gotten strong consideration for the Lady Byng Trophy, but he isn't among the three finalists announced today by the NHL. They are Florida's Brian Campbell, Edmonton's Jordan Eberle and Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders.

Here's the release from the NHL:
Defenseman Brian Campbell of the Florida Panthers, right wing Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers and left wing Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders are the three finalists for the 2011-12 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Lady Byng Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2012 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The 2012 NHL Awards will be broadcast by NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Following are the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy, in alphabetical order:

Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers

Campbell anchored the defense corps on a Florida club that posted a 22-point increase over 2010-11 and captured its first division title in franchise history. He took on a heavy workload by appearing in all 82 games and leading the NHL in total ice time (2,205:31), yet was whistled for just six penalty minutes -- the fewest among the 65 NHL defensemen who appeared in at least 77 games. He ranked second among League defensemen in scoring with 53 points (four goals, 49 assists), tying the single-season franchise record for assists by a defenseman, and ranked second in the NHL in power-play assists (30).

Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers

In his second NHL season, Eberle led the Oilers in goals (34), assists (42) and points (76), posting a 33-point increase over his rookie campaign. He received only five minor penalties for 10 total minutes in 1,372:35 of playing time. Turning 22 on May 15, Eberle is the youngest Lady Byng Trophy finalist since Anaheim Ducks star Paul Kariya captured the award at 21 years, eight months in 1996 after his sophomore NHL season. Eberle is vying to become the third player in Oilers history to win the trophy, joining Wayne Gretzky (1980) and Jari Kurri (1985).

Matt Moulson, New York Islanders

Moulson posted career highs in goals (36), assists (33) and points (69), becoming the first Islanders player to post three consecutive 30-goal seasons since Zigmund Palffy from 1995-96 through 1997-98. He also set a career high, led his club and tied for third in the NHL in power-play goals (14). The first-time NHL Trophy finalist played all 82 games for the third time in as many seasons with the Islanders and was assessed just six penalty minutes, tied with fellow Lady Byng finalist Brian Campbell for the fewest among the League's top 75 scorers.

Postgame notes

November, 16, 2011
Some notes following the Stars’ 6-0 loss to Florida at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.

Under siege: The shots on goal were 30-25 in favor of Florida, but I am not sure that’s representative of how tilted the ice was in this game. Shots towards the net – which includes shot on goal, ones that miss that net and one that are blocked – were 37-7 in favor of Florida after the first period. It was 59-19 advantage Florida after two periods. At the end of night it was 72-40.

Bag skate?: So, will the Stars be in for a grueling practice in Frisco on Wednesday following Tuesday’s dismal performance. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said no.

“My thought process isn’t to crack the whip tomorrow,” Gulutzan said. “If you as a pro player, with lots of character in that room, can’t whip yourself a little bit after that performance, then we’ve got bigger problems, and I don’t think we have those. So, let’s just get back at it. We’ve had a day planned tomorrow that we’ve had planned for five days. We’re not going to deviate from it because of one performance. We’re going to try to get better. We wanted to do some things that would make us systematically better. We want to do those things tomorrow.

“If the trend continues that’s a resort, but it’s always probably your last resort. You see lots of teams bag skating teams and I haven’t seen them snap out of it right away.”

Second thoughts on Kari: Gulutzan said one thing he would have done differently in the game was pull goaltender Kari Lehtonen after the second period. And it had nothing to do with the way Lehtonen was playing.

“The first thing after a loss like this you self-evaluate yourself,” Gulutzan said. “If I had a rewind I probably would have taken Kari out after the second. We hung him out to dry twice tonight, our players did, and maybe we did leaving him in too long. He’s a battler, and he comes in mad at himself after second period, when we hung him out to dry. We let him down completely.”

That five-on-five play: The Stars have been outscored 11-1 in five-on-five play over the last two games. The Stars, who were leading the league in five-on-five goals for/goals against ratio last week, now rank 17th. They have scored 30 five-on-five goals this season and have allowed 30 five-on-five goals.

Racking up the minuses: Every Dallas skater had a minus rating in the game. Mark Fistric and Adam Pardy both were minus-three.

A big plus for Weiss: It was a big night for Florida’s Stephen Weiss. He had a goal, two assists and a plus-six rating. The plus-six matched the Florida franchise mark, which was set in 1997. Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell was a plus-five.

Mixed bag on special teams: One positive for the Stars Tuesday was the penalty kill. It was 4-4 against a pretty good Florida power play and is now 8-8 over the last two games. The power play was 0-2. The Stars have drawn just two power plays in each of the last three games.