Thursday, April 21, 2011
Updated: April 26, 2:43 AM ET
NHL names Lady Byng finalists
ESPN.com news services
Martin St. Louis will have a chance to take home a second straight Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.
The Tampa Bay Lightning forward is among the three finalists for the award, given to the NHL player who best exemplifies sportsmanship. Dallas' Loui Eriksson and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom were also named finalists.
St. Louis and Lidstrom are both six-time finalists for the award, but Lidstrom has never won the award. Eriksson is a first-time finalist.
This season, St. Louis finished second in scoring in the league with 99 points (31 goals, 68 assists). The 35-year-old tied a franchise record for assists in a season, all while being assessed just 12 minutes in penalties.
Lidstrom, who turns 41 on April 28, is a finalist for the first time in eight years. In one of the most productive seasons of his career, he ranked second in scoring among defenseman with 62 points. He averaged 23 minutes, 28 seconds of ice time per game and received only 20 minutes in penalties.
Eriksson, 25, led the Stars with 10 power-play goals, six game-winning goals and a plus-10 rating, while posting a career-high 73 points (27 goals, 46 assists).
His nine-game assist streak was tied for the longest in the league this season, and his eight penalty minutes were the fewest among the NHL's top 50 scorers and by any player appearing in at least 76 games.
The award will be presented at the league's annual award ceremony June 22 in Las Vegas.